Pasadena naphtha tank fire reignites
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
A boiling fire erupted today when lightning struck a large storage tank a Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ terminal in Pasadena.
The tank, filled with 170,000 barrels of naphtha used as a blending agent in gasoline, caught fire about 11:40 a.m. at the terminal located at 530 N. Witter, authorities said. Naphtha is highly flammable liquid which is also the main component of lighter fluid.
It’s bad enough to know that human error can cause fires in the volatile Pasadena alley of tanks and plants. Now Mother Nature is getting into the show too.