Recent Anhydrous Ammonia Leak in Katy Causes Shelter-In-Place Order


Toxic Chemical Leak Causes Concern for Surrounding Communities

A leak of ammonia gas in Harris County, TX prompted officials to issue a shelter-in-place order. According to local authorities, the leak occurred at a 99 Cents Only Store distribution center located in the City of Katy. Residents within a 2 square mile radius were cautioned against going outside due to the harm associated with ammonia toxicity.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, & Briggs, we are dedicated to protecting the communities of Harris County. We provide dedicated representation to individuals who have been injured as a result of industrial plant accidents and chemical spills. If you suffered harm as a result of the Anhydrous Ammonia leak in Katy, TX, or another toxic gas exposure, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. Call (713) 751-0025 to speak directly with an attorney.

Ammonia Gas Leak in Harris County

On February 12, 2023, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) issued a shelter-in-place order after receiving reports of a dangerous chemical leak at a warehouse located in Katy, TX. At 10:05 am residents were notified of an active Anhydrous Ammonia (ammonia gas) leak at the 99 Cents Only Store distribution center located at the 23600 block of Colonial Parkway in west Harris County. The cause of the leak is unknown.

What Injuries Can Be Caused by Anhydrous Ammonia?

Anhydrous Ammonia is a toxic chemical. Exposure to the substance can cause ammonia toxicity. The severity of the harm depends on whether the gas is ingested as well as the amount and duration of exposure.

As relayed by the HCPH, injuries related to ammonia toxicity may include:

  • Burning of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory tract
  • Coughing
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Skin burns and irritation
  • Burns to the stomach
  • Lung damage
  • Blindness
  • Death

Individuals affected by the ammonia leak in Katy are strongly encouraged to contact an industrial accident attorney to schedule a free consultation.

Recent Hazardous Chemical Leaks

The Harris County ammonia gas leak comes only weeks after hazardous chemicals were released into the atmosphere due to a train derailment in Ohio. The train was reportedly carrying a number of dangerous “contaminants and carcinogens” including several cars of vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing substance.

Preliminary investigations indicate that a faulty wheel bearing may have been to blame for the accident. Residents were evacuated as authorities completed an “intentional burn” of the toxic chemicals. Despite being told that the area was safe for return, multiple reports of injuries have flooded in. Community members have also noted the sudden death of animals in the area.

Harmed by Ammonia Gas Exposure? Contact Our Office.

If you were harmed by the ammonia gas leak in Katy, TX, or exposure to another toxic chemical, contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team has secured over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have over a century of collective legal experience to help you get the results you deserve. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we draw from over a century of combined legal know-how and expertise. With the tenacity to win and the resources to get us there, our lawyers provide strong representation for injured victims and their families.