LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — DuPont officials say four workers were killed during a hazardous chemical leak at a suburban Houston industrial plant.
The chemical, methyl mercaptan, began leaking around 4 a.m. Saturday in a unit at the DuPont plant in La Porte, an industrial suburb 22 miles east of Houston. Plant officials say the release was contained by 6 a.m.
Plant manager Randall Clements says in a statement that several employees had responded to the leak when they were exposed.
The hazardous chemical is used to create crop-protection products such as insecticides.
A fifth worker is hospitalized. That worker’s condition was not immediately known.
La Porte emergency management coordinator Jeff Suggs says the chemical released wasn’t harmful to area residents but it created a smell that’s similar to rotten eggs.