At least 8 hurt in Texas City chemical leak

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Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

TEXAS CITY (AP) -- Officials say at least eight people have been slightly hurt in a chemical tank leak that restricted outdoor activities in a Southeast Texas city.

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.

Diane Tracy with the Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night's accident. Tracy says one employee, three nearby people and four firefighters were injured. She says all eight victims were treated and released from a hospital.

Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson originally four firefighters and five workers suffered acid exposure in the leak around 11 p.m. Wednesday. A shelter-in-place order was issued just before midnight.

Emergency officials did not immediately explain the discrepancy in the number of reported victims.
 

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