Factory emergency: Incident at Freeport Oil and LNG under control, officials say

QUINTANA, Texas (KTRK) – No injuries were reported Wednesday after what police initially described as an explosion at a liquefied natural gas terminal near Freeport.

Freeport LNG reports that an accident occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. at its facility in the 1500 block of Lamar Street at the facility on Quintana Island, according to Brazosport CAER. It is located 70 miles south of Houston.

The Surfside Beach Police Department said the facility experienced an “explosion of some sort,” but no evacuation orders were issued.

Houston-based Freeport LNG said in a statement that all workers at the facility have been counted. Shortly after 4pm, they announced that the situation was under control and had been contained in the affected area directly from the factory.

“There is no danger to the surrounding community. The investigation into the accident will continue,” the company, one of the largest US exporters of liquefied natural gas or liquefied natural gas, said.

The Naval Division of the Surfside Beach Police Department assists the Freeport Port Police and the US Coast Guard on the waterways. The beaches were not closed, but Quintana Island was reportedly closed to oncoming traffic during the afternoon.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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