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Texas officials order evacuations after new blast at chemical plant

HOUSTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Authorities called for residents in four towns to flee their homes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday following a new blast at an east Texas chemical plant that has been burning for more than 12 hours.

Jefferson County officials ordered residents within a 4-mile (6.4-km) radius of the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches to evacuate when a blast shredded a chemical distillation tower during firefighting efforts. About 60,000 people across Port Neches, Groves, Port Arthur and Nederland, Texas, were ordered to leave. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Sandra Maler)