Toxic Cloud Forces TX Residents to Stay Indoors; Firefighters Among Nine Hospitalized

A toxic cloud that formed when 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked at a southeast Texas storage facility sickened nine people and forced thousands of residents to take shelter indoors.

Four firefighters were among those who were hospitalized for exposure after a tank ruptured at a storage facility near the port of Texas City, Bruce Clawson of the local emergency management office told CNN (

More than 45,000 residents of Texas City were ordered by emergency management officials to stay indoors, turn off air conditioning units, and make sure all windows and doors were closed until the vapor cloud dissipated.

Officials did not immediately detail what caused the tank to rupture late Wednesday at the Dallas Group of America's facility near the port.


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