The Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will burn the remaining trailers holding organic peroxide at a plant in Texas that exploded after refrigeration units failed due to Hurricane Harvey.
The officials believe doing so will prevent the trailers from exploding in an uncontrolled manner as they did last week.
"It is the understanding of personnel on the ground that the remaining trailers are at risk of catching fire over the next few days," the agencies said in a statement. "Rather than risk additional damage to the facility or spreading into the surrounding area, the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department and the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office will perform a controlled burn of the material."
Local officials are evacuating the area in a 1.5-mile radius around the plant in order to prevent injuries from inhalation of the fumes.
The floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey caused the refrigeration units to crash, leading to the chemicals overheating. An explosion took place Wednesday at the plant.
"We continue to monitor smoke and air quality, the potential for additional fires in the area, and have aerial assets ready to be deployed, as needed, " the statement read. "Everyone in the area should follow the safety instruction of local authorities, specifically staying out of the evacuation zone, avoiding smoke and flood waters."