Posted: Oct 25, 2012 5:42 AM
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 5:45 AM
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) Officials say nine people have been hurt in a chemical tank leak that restricted outdoor activities in a Southeast Texas city for hours.
Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid.
Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says four firefighters and five workers at the Dallas Group of America Inc. unit were transported to a hospital. Clawson says all suffered acid exposure with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
A storage tank leaked around 11 p.m. Wednesday near the Port of Texas City. A shelter-in-place order for the city of 45,000 advised people to stay inside, turn off air conditioning and keep windows and doors closed.
Officials with the Dallas Group didn't immediately return a message Thursday.