(TEXAS CITY, Texas) -- A power failure at a BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, Monday has prompted officials to ask residents there to shelter-in-place while the situation gets under control.
ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston reports that officials have issued a Level III shelter-in-place advisory, which, according to the Texas City website, means that "an incident has occurred, the situation is not under control and protective action may be necessary for the surrounding or offsite area."
"Shelter-in-place" essentially means to stay where you are. Residents are also being asked to turn off their air conditioners.
The warning was issued as a precaution. So far, no evacuations have been ordered.
After the power failure, heavy flares were seen rising from the plant as part of a burnoff, according to KTRK-TV. It is not yet known why the refinery lost its power.
This isn't the first time BP's Texas City plant has run into problems. Back in 2005, an explosion and fire at the plant left 15 workers dead and over 100 more wounded.
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