Lockdown Lifted at Exxon Baytown

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 10:04 AM gHale


The ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, TX, spent most of Saturday on lockdown after a reported security breach.

Just after 3 p.m. officials lifted the lockdown.

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“We appreciate the assistance from the Baytown Police Department and Harris County Sheriff for their quick and thorough response. We take security matters seriously and work continuously to ensure the safety of our workers, our equipment and our community,” company officials said. “All personnel have resumed normal work activities.”

K-9 dogs ended up deployed throughout the search but no suspect was found, said officials at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Company officials said around 7:30 a.m., a person went inside the plant without permission.

“We take matters of this nature very seriously and are working closely with Baytown Police Department,” said Todd Spitler, spokesman for ExxonMobil.

Meanwhile, last Thursday workers at the refinery ended up evacuated and and stayed inside a lunch tent after a fire broke out, sending a massive plume of smoke into the air.

At this point, it’s still not clear what started the fire.