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Large Explosion Hits Texas Chemical Plant

The explosion occurred about 40 miles north of Houston, sending a large plume of black smoke into the air. No one is believed to have been in the plant when the explosion occurred, officials said.

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A large explosion was reported at a Conroe, Texas, chemical plant Friday afternoon, sending a large plume of smoke into the air.

Huge explosion at Conroe chemical plant. Loop 336 East near Texas 105. Avoid area #mctx

Roads closed around burning chemical warehouse: Loop 336 NB and SB at FM 3083 and SH 105 http://t.co/f1lSmiLXvP

Residents in a 2-mile radius from the plant were ordered to shelter in place as firefighters reported to the area, KHOU reported.

NEW: Shelter-in-place issued after explosion at drilling services company in Conroe, Texas.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Jennifer Nichols, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Public Health Department told BuzzFeed News no one was believed to be in the plant at the time of the explosion.

SkyEye HD back over scene of massive chemical business #fire in Conroe. Watch live: http://t.co/GbCDwpRVDc #breaking

Witnesses near the plant posted pictures of the flames on social media. Nichols said there were no dangers to the public from the fumes of the fire.

#BREAKING #KHOU Montgomery County Fire Marshall says several agencies attacking fire in Conroe, says operation will last into the night.

The explosion occurred at the DrillChem plan in Conroe, ABC 13 reported. According to the company's website, it manufactures sealants, shale inhibitors and lubricants.

Sky Eye HD remains over scene at #ChemDrill, where a 3-alarm fire has been burning http://t.co/DT6qMGGvSj

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, Nichols said.

Prayers sent out please. Chemical plant blew up.

Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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