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A fire burns at a chemical plant in Port Neches
Kim Brent / Beaumont Enterprise

Officials in Jefferson County are telling the city's residents to evacuate amid air quality concerns a week after two explosions and a fire at a chemical plant in Port Neches.

A fire burns at a chemical plant in Port Neches early Wednesday.
Kim Brent / Beaumont Enterprise

Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions two days earlier.

A fire burns at a chemical plant in Port Neches early Wednesday.
Kim Brent / Beaumont Enterprise

The Port Neches chemical plant where two explosions and an ongoing fire prompted widespread mandatory evacuations Wednesday has a years-long history of state and federal environmental violations.