Hurricane Harvey: Chemicals leak from flooded Texas plant - BBC News
Chemicals have been released into the atmosphere from a flood-damaged plant near the storm-hit US city of Houston, local officials say. Earlier, black smoke was seen issuing from the Arkema chemical plant at Crosby. A police officer who was helping secure the site was taken to hospital after inhaling fumes, while nine others admitted themselves as a precaution. Arkema said this was believed to have been caused by a "non-toxic irritant". Harris County sheriff Ed Gonzales said the release was not believed to have been a result of an explosion, despite earlier reports of blasts. Residents living within a 1.5-mile (2.4km) radius of the plant were evacuated after the company warned there was a risk of explosions and fire. During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the complex lost the ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept cool.