Update on Enterprise Product Plant Explosion
The fire at the Enterprise Product Plant in Pascagoula is now completely contained as of 5 p.m. News 25’s Kendra Turley was in Pascagoula today and talked to residents about the explosion and the impact it had on the community.
After hours of strong flames and heavy smoke, the fire from Monday night’s explosion at Enterprise Product Plant is now contained. Nearby resident Aupiffiney McCauley said, “It sounded like a train wreck. It was horrible. The house was shaking. It wasn’t a pleasant sound. When we came outside, all we could see was fire. It looked like the end of the world.”
Firefighters worked throughout the night to contain most of the fire. Water curtains extinguished the rest of the blaze throughout the day. Nearby resident Jacob Brown said, “It was pretty intense. I’ve been here my whole life and I’ve been through a few Chevron explosions and we’ve been a part of it but that was the biggest, most intense because it was just a lot closer.”
The natural gas processing facility remains closed and there is no word yet on when it will resume operations. “I have never experienced this before,” said McCauley, “I’ve been here for a short while. I’m from Galveston, Texas and where I’m from, there’s refineries everywhere. I know we have incidents like this, not as major as it was last night.”
Residents in the area tell News 25 after witnessing the massive amount of flames in the area, they’re just thankful no one was injured. Nearby resident Candice Wells said, “By that going on so quick, the first thing you think about is getting away. As far as my baby being six months old, all I could think about was his formula. So I just grabbed his formula and just left.”
The cause of the incident is still under investigation. “The police and, I think, the firemen especially, everybody was on point. To be such a chaotic situation, it was orchestrated really well,” said Brown.