ZEPHYR, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — The town of Zephyr was evacuated following a large grass fire and the threat of an explosion from a nearby plant Monday evening.
A “code red” was alerted for Zephyr at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, meaning the city needed to be evacuated. Officials said the town of several hundred people — located about 10 miles east of Brownwood — was evacuated due to an “explosive threat.”
The fire damaged buildings at the Orica USA plant on CR 259, which houses “wholesale commercial explosives.” However, the explosives at the facility were unaffected. Evacuations are expected to be slowly lifted as the fire is contained.