Explosions at flooded chemical plant in Texas, Houston

| Updated Aug 31, 2017 at 3:19pm



Explosions have occurred at a chemical plant near the flooded US city of Houston.

Emergency officials reported two blasts and black smoke coming from the plant at Crosby.

During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the complex lost the ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that needed to be kept cool.
The company warned earlier there was no way to prevent an explosion.

Ahead of the explosions, one police officer who was helping to secure the site was taken to hospital after inhaling fumes, while others admitted themselves to hospital as a precaution.

At least 33 people have been killed in eastern Texas in the aftermath of the storm, which the US National Weather Service has now downgraded to a tropical depression.