Explosion at Ennis asphalt plant rattles town

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Fire crews have contained a fire at an asphalt plant off of I-45 in Ennis Friday night.

Ennis Mayor Angeline Juenemann says an asphalt rail container blew its top at the U.S. Polyco plant in Ellis County, causing a loud boom around 6:30 p.m. The fire was contained and is not causing any environmental issues to the area.

Several FOX 4 viewers reported hearing a loud boom and even felt their homes shake.

Ennis PD says firefighters are taking a defensive position on the contained fire and will let it burn itself out. 

No injuries were reported.

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