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Officials: "Explosion" in Sulphur from gas decompression at refinery plant

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Residents in Sulphur were jolted awake tonight by what many are calling a loud explosion. 

Officials say the explosion was actually an emergency gas decompression at a polymers plant along Hwy 108. 

According to KPLC, officials with Westlake Chemical confirms the blast was a "decomp", an emergency process that releases pressure to keep lines from pressurizing. Gas is released into the atmosphere, ignites and creates a loud explosion. 

The station says that the weather outside allowed the sound to travel as far as Orange Texas and east to Iowa. No injuries or fires were reported and all employees are safe.

Sgt. James Anderson with State Police spoke with KPLC saying there is no offsite impact.  

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