SEABROOK, Texas, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An explosion at a Seabrook, Texas, chemical facility sent a fireball and plume of smoke into the air, but there were no serious injuries, authorities said.
The blast occurred Wednesday at 8:50 a.m. local time approximately seven miles east of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, The Wall Street Journal said.
Firefighters had the fire out about an hour after the explosion. Two people were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital Southeast complaining of discomfort, Seabrook Police Lt. Sean Wright said.
Schools in the area were put on lockdown following the blast, the newspaper said.
The facility, on about 65 acres, includes a 120,000-ton-per-year acrylic acid plant, American Acryl, the Houston Chronicle reported. Acrylic acid is used in products such as disposable diapers, paints, inks and adhesives.
American Acryl is a joint venture of NA Industries Inc. and Atofina Chemicals Inc., which are North American subsidiaries of Total Fina Elf S.A and Nippon Shokubai.