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Texas chemical plant area declared safe after controlled blaze
by Staff Writers
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017


A fire at a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas has been put out and authorities have lifted an evacuation order after declaring it safe, the company said in a statement Monday.

The remaining chemical containers at the Arkema plant were deliberately ignited on Sunday and burned themselves out, it said.

"The Crosby Fire Department and unified command has determined it is safe for residents to return to their homes," Arkema said.

"The 1.5 mile evacuation zone around the Arkema Inc. facility has been lifted and is no longer in effect."

Explosions and fire ripped through containers holding highly flammable organic peroxides early Thursday, after heavy flooding knocked out power to critical refrigeration units.

The area around the plant had already been evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.

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Ai Weiwei showcases refugee epic in Venice
Venice (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
An impatient toddler chides his mother for not being quick enough in getting him into his pair of newly-acquired boots. Finally they're on and he wriggles free to put the new footwear to good use: kicking his siblings and friends on the shins. He might be a refugee, detained in a transit camp with the rest of his family, waiting to hear what the rest of his life might hold in store for ... read more

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