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Dec 9, 2009 2:58 PM by Associated Press

2 workers injured in blast at Houston-area plant

Two workers who were hurt Wednesday morning in a blast at an industrial plant near Houston.

They have been taken to a hospital as a precaution for what the company describes as inhalation injuries.

The explosion shook nearby homes, and sent up black smoke that was seen for miles.

Police say a tank at the American Acryl plant exploded just before 9 a.m.

Officials in the Houston suburbs of Pasadena and Seabrook told residents to stay indoors after the explosion, because the tank that exploded contained a toxic petroleum byproduct that is used in paint and gasoline.

The company says the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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