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By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) One person was injured and another individual died following an explosion out at La Porte Saturday morning.

Reports indicate that around 8 a.m. Saturday, an explosion took place at the Air Liquide cylinder plant in La Porte. Fire investigators are working to find out what caused the catastrophe.

The company, which is one that supplies and mixes nitrogen and carbon dioxide for oil and gas producers, had reportedly 20 employees inside at the time of the explosion.

A spokesperson for the company said that one person was airlifted to the to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with serious burn injuries to his body and was in serious condition. Another individual had not been immediately counted for. His body which had not been positively identified at the time of this report, was later recovered after search and rescue crews scoured the facility Saturday evening.

Shelter-in-place orders were issued for La Porte and the southeast portion of Pasadena Saturday morning. The Harris County Office of Emergency Management officials stated that the La Porte shelter in place order was then lifted just before 10 a.m.

Additional reports indicate that the fire began in the section of the plant where the mixing takes place. La Porte officials have been monitoring air quality and say there was no danger to the general public.

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