Comment: 24 hours later, it's still a raging inferno in Port Neches. Local authorities have ordered about 60,000 people to evacuate the area.




A giant fireball erupted after an explosion rocked the plant in Port Neches, Texas
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A giant fireball erupted after an explosion rocked the plant in Port Neches, Texas
A chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas exploded in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to eyewitnesses and local media. The evacuation of nearby residents is reportedly already under way.

There have been no reports of injuries but damage to buildings in the vicinity is widespread as the explosion, reportedly at the TPC Group chemical plant, blew out buildings and rocked homes up to 40 miles (64km) away. The explosion was even felt as far away as neighboring Louisiana.


The heat from the explosion and subsequent fire is so intense it was detected by a local tv station's satellite.


Residents said the bomb felt "like a bomb" that made their walls "flex."

"Literally thought we were about to die," one resident said.


First responders themselves have been ordered to move back from the raging inferno as more explosions are expected.