Chlorine gas cloud released in Oxychem explosion

At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022 the Ingleside, Texas refinery company Oxychem had a small explosion that caused a major release of Chlorine gas into the air. The dense plume of chlorine gas made its way over the Corpus Christi Bay and into the Corpus Christi area. Chlorine gas appears to be yellow-green in color and was seen in a video by a worker at the plant during the time of explosion. The leak possibly could be a federal violation of the Clean Air Act.

Yellowish green gas being released into air

When chlorine gas comes into contact with moist tissues such as the eyes, throat, and lungs, an acid is produced that can damage these tissues according to CDCguidelines. .

No shelter in place was announced during the explosion by emergency management and the company says the fire and explosion that started after the leak was contained by first responders. Several videos were shared with the Crónica and the management of Oxychem have now demanded all of employees not to answer any questions to the media nor share pictures or videos.

This is a developing story, stay tuned for more updates.