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Freeport LNG Blast Created 450-Feet-High Fireball, Report Shows

  • Contractors reported ‘unusual sounds’ on morning of accident
  • Maintenance work done in April on equipment at center of blast

The explosion that shut the Freeport LNG natural gas export facility in Texas last month created a 450-feet-high fireball and happened on a section that had been inspected several weeks earlier, according to a report. 

A filing that was briefly posted Tuesday on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s website offered several new details about the accident and the investigation being conducted by regulators. IFO Group LLC, a Texas-based consultancy, is preparing a draft report, which will be released to the the plant and federal regulators later this month.