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Port Neches resident uses baseball as a way to heal, following TPC explosions

Officials reported that 3 'small' fires were blazing at the TPC plant Friday.

PORT NECHES, Texas — Despite recent reports of elevated butadiene levels near the TPC Group Plant, that hasn't stopped Hunter Harnicky from playing baseball at the Port Neches Little League Field near the plant.

He spent Sunday, Dec. 1, helping his brother train for baseball a game this weekend. Being at home has been stressful for Harnicky. The explosions wreaked havoc there.

 "As soon as it went off, it was a boom, and all the doors flew open and the glass shattered," Harnick said. 

TPC's Unified Command response team said air quality in the area has improved in the last 24 hours and that small fires reported at the plant Friday were anticipated. Harnick doesn't seem to be concerned about the air quality.

"We walk around this area everyday and breathe in the same stuff, it's not like nothing changed, it doesn't smell any different," he said.

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Harnicky is a youth baseball coach and previously played baseball at Port Neches-Groves high school. 

The game has been apart of his life, he's just hoping that baseball can bring him joy, after having to enduring so much the past several days, due to the TPC explosions. 

"I've been around a lot of places, but being around here feels a lot better." Harnicky said. 

Officials have said air monitoring will continue through the weekend across Mid County.