PORT NECHES, Texas — Multiple agencies have called for a mandatory evacuation for residents within a half-mile from the TPC Group plant that exploded in Port Neches early Wednesday morning.
Residents were awoken up to loud explosions that rocked their homes, shattering their windows and doors.
Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told 12News by phone that there are no fatalities and only three injuries so far.
A shelter in place for the entire city of Groves has been ordered according to Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike White.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Nederland.
Officials have shut down Magnolia Avenue, or Highway 366, between Nall Avenue and Spur 136.
The U.S Coast Guard tells 12News the Sabine Pass Waterway is also closed.
A Shelter in Place is in effect for Orange County for residents south of Interstate 10 until 6 a.m.
According to Orange County Judge John Gothia, residents should stay inside, and turn off any fans and air conditioning units.
12News began receiving viewer reports of an explosion in the vicinity of Texas 399 and Spur 136 in Port Neches just after 1 a.m.
This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.