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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.

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  • 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.
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U.S. petroleum refinery fires with three or more deaths (1985-2004)

Date State Number of deaths
May 1988    Louisiana 
December 1985    California 
November 1998  Washington 
March 1991  Louisiana 
October 1995  Pennsylvania 
February 1999  California 
December 1985  Louisiana  
August 1993  Louisiana  
May 1986 Alabama 3
January 1999  Arkansas 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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