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Gas plant explosion forces evacuations in Austin County

No injuries have been reported

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BELLVILLE, Texas – Evacuations were ordered Tuesday in Austin County after explosions and a fire were reported at a gas plant northeast of Bellville, officials said.

The incident was reported about 6 a.m. at the Western International Gas Plant on West State Highway 159.

Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents who live within a 1-mile radius of the plant. Voluntary evacuations were issued for people who live within 2 miles of the scene.

No injuries have been reported.

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