Launching a distillation column several hundred feet into the air, that is the definition of a bad day in the petrochemical industry.
Many refineries and chemical plants dot the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana.
The incident began early Wednesday at the old Neches Butane plant in Port Neches, TX, a facility built by the government during WWII to produce synthetic rubber.
Back in those days it was guarded by machine guns.
No one was killed in the explosions and fires but the plant will be down for many months—if it is not a total loss.