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Baytown ExxonMobil fire: What is polypropylene?

Polypropylene is one of the most commonly used products on the market today.

BAYTOWN, Texas — The unit burning at the ExxonMobil plant in Baytown produces polypropylene.

It’s a type of plastic used in common products that you probably have in your home.  

Polypropylene is used in everything from toys to electronics to automobile products.

It’s popular with manufacturers because it’s inexpensive and very versatile.

Polypropylene is used in about 25-percent of plastic products on the market today.

A precautionary shelter in place continues for residents west of the ExxonMobil plant. 

A few people were treated for minor injuries.

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