How Huge Is That Fire at a Waxahachie Chemical Manufacturing Plant?

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By now you've probably heard that the Magnablend chemical-manufacturing plant in Waxahachie is on fire, "sending huge plumes of black smoke and explosions billowing into the air," per KDFW-Channel 4's characterization of the blaze. What you see above is the view out Unfair Park HQ's window of the smoke that began filling the sky shortly after the fire broke out to the south. Hold your breath.
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John2247
John2247

It's in Joe Barton's district.  Somehow he'll find a way to blame the EPA for this.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Is it wrong that my second thought* was just how much cooler Justin Terveen's version of this picture would be?  *(My first thought was for my friends living and working down in Waxahachie. I'm not a monster.)

claytonauger
claytonauger

Based on our calculations here at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and knowing less than the average North Texas resident about the specifics, we estimate that any residues from chemicals being released in Ellis County and being blown all over Creation are harmless to health outside of the affected plant's property line.  Again, no reason for alarm. Ellis County is far, far away. Even if you had six smokestacks that were hundreds of feet high releasing millions of pounds of air pollution every year right on the Dallas County line, the really bad stuff would never reach you this far away and it certainly wouldn't affect your health. It's a scientific fact. Well, it's our fact, and it's based on our science. Move along.

threefour
threefour

Hey Jim, doesn't the Calatrava look stunning? World class tourist destination for sure. Thank goodness the Convention Center Hotel will house the crowds.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Funny, I thought that loud choking sound was coming from Arlington, not Waxahachie.

Montemalone
Montemalone

The terrists are cominThe terrists are comin

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

An hour later, it looks almost the same, except the smoke has spread across the horizon. I was up at Northwest Highway and the toll road a moment ago, and you could see it from there.

matilda of tuscany
matilda of tuscany

maybe we need to add a few gas drilling operations southwest of town too.  'Cause accidents won't happen, we can trust the corporations to keep us safe, and breathing chemical laden air is good for ya.

Gmit
Gmit

What Is this ? Houston

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Not a good thing..heres hoping everyone involved gets out of this unscathed accordingly..

MattL1
MattL1

I'm glad that no injuries have been reported, but is there any indication as to what sort of stuff is billowing into our air?  The combination of "chemical-manufacturing plant" and "huge plumes of black smoke" tends to make me nervous.

Fracking Mess
Fracking Mess

It's fracking chemicals that were burning. From Boston.com~~Magnablend Inc. manufactures, blends and packages chemicals. Much of its business revolves around energy production, including chemicals used to stimulate oil and gas wells and hydraulic fracturing.  http://www.boston.com/news/nat...

primi timpano
primi timpano

CNBC is reporting that it is an ammonia plant.

CCarpenter
CCarpenter

Among other things.  They custom blend/manufacture liquid and powder chemicals for all types of industries including but not limited to oil field uses and agriculture (i.e. food supplements and fertilizer).

Paul
Paul

Along with the release of energy there will be a significant increase in entropy.

MattL1
MattL1

Can we safely categorize this one as an exothermic reaction?

primi timpano
primi timpano

The Magnablend site is down but the Google cache references a 22,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tank and the company's ability to handle both endothermic and exothermic reactions

chad armstrong
chad armstrong

Just heard an emergency broadcast on the radio to evacuate areas around 287 and 35.

Ben
Ben

Yep. That was weird driving to lunch and hearing the Emergency Alert System go off where it automatically breaks into radio programming. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. I have never heard that for anything other than a tornado warning.

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