|At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured during an explosion at a BP oil refinery in Texas City, TX, on Wednesday, March 23, 2005. The blast occurred as part of the refinery was being brought back up to full production after a two-week shutdown for routine maintenance.
, by Gordon Clayton
NFPA Journal®, November/December 2004
Keeping Older Oil and Gas Facilities Safe: , by Roberto Clark, P.E., and Fernando Escalante, P.E.
NFPA Journal® online exclusive, November 2002
The March 23 incident is not the first time Texas City, TX, has been home to disaster. On April 16, 1947, a ship blew up in the port on Galveston Bay and took nearly 600 lives. (PDF 1.6 MB), July 1947.
When someone in Texas City mentions "The Explosion," no explanation is necessary. Everybody in the city knows what happened on April 16, 1947. .
U.S. petroleum refinery fires with three or more deaths (1985-2004)
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