Oklahoma chemical plant rocked by fire, explosions

Sept. 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

THOMAS, Okla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A fire and explosions at a chemical plant in Custer County, Okla., forced people to leave their homes, authorities said.

Blasts coming from the Danlin chemical plant in Thomas were reported shortly before midnight Wednesday and witnesses reported seeing flames and smoke shoot into the air, KWTV, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday.

No injuries were reported, officials said. The plant produces chemicals used in oilfield production.

Cause of the blast was not immediately determined.

Multiple agencies were assisting the Thomas Fire Department. Crews decided to allow the fire burn itself out, authorities said.

A Thomas Fire Department worker told KWTV about 10 families living in the immediate vicinity of the plant were evacuated.

Officials said the facility appears to have been destroyed and at least a dozen cars were destroyed as well.

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