Pasadena (TX) Put On Terrorist Threat Al


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Jun 25, 2002
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Pasadena (TX) Put On Terrorist Threat Alert

Pasadena Put On Terrorist Threat Alert Residents React To Possible Threat Posted: 10:15 a.m. CDT July 11, 2002 Updated: 1:12 p.m. CDT July 11, 2002

PASADENA, Texas -- Houston-area authorities confirmed Wednesday night that Pasadena may be the target of a terrorist plot scheduled to take place on Friday.

Pasadena Residents Speak Out Local Law Enforcement Heeds Warning

The terror plot was originally believed to be against Pasadena, Calif., but city officials there said that Texas is believed to be the intended target.

California authorities said that they received word of the threat a couple of days ago.

"It was hinted to us that it was directed at oil refineries," said spokeswoman Janet Pope with the Pasadena Police Department in California. "The only thing that we could think of is that there are no oil refineries in Pasadena, Calif. The next logical step was to think about Pasadena, Texas, and pass on the information."

The information was passed on to local law enforcement officials and the FBI, which have confirmed that they have been notified about the possible threat.

"We take every threat seriously, and in response to this latest threat," said Harris County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Robert Van Pelt. "We've increased our presence in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, particularly the refineries, the chemical plants and the Port of Houston."

Officials are keeping tight-lipped about the details of the terrorist plot, except to say that the intended date is Friday.

Baytown police officials confirmed that one of the suspects expected to carry out the plot could be living in the Houston area.

Law enforcement officials have already set up a command post, and have notified local refiners.

"Shell Deerpark remains on high alert," Shell Oil Co. spokeswoman Lois Guthrie said. "We are continuing to share security information with the FBI, U.S. Coast Guard, local law enforcement and our industrial neighbors. We have also alerted all of our employees."

Refinery workers said that they are concerned and taking the threat seriously.

"They warned us," refinery worker Michael Kelly said. "They said that there might be threats, (to) just be careful, take precautions, and to make sure that if you see anybody weird, report it."

Pasadena Residents React Many Pasadena residents said that the news of the terrorist threat is making them feel uneasy, and leaves them thinking about what to do next.

"Maybe I'll stay out of Pasadena," said resident Rick Marron. "You can never tell where it's going to hit or when it's going to hit."

"We're on our way out of town right now, so maybe that's a good thing," resident Natalie Young said.

Some Pasadena residents said that living near refiners has taught them to be on guard and prepared for explosions and chemical leaks.

"We were always aware that this could be a target," resident Jim Young said. "You just have to keep focused. (Terrorists) want to interrupt your lifestyle, and we're not going to do that."

If a terrorist blew up a refinery in Pasadena, Texas, would anyone notice? Something is always burning in Pasadena...


Sonic Cruzer

Mar 13, 2002
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If a terrorist blew up a refinery in Pasadena, Texas, would anyone notice? Something is always burning in Pasadena...

I agree.

Pasadena, TX is the only town that gives me a headache at the sound of the name. I got so ill (nausea, headache, dizziness) visiting the San Jacinto Nat'l Monument there.


Rocky Top!
Nov 26, 2001
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The locals don't call it "Stinkadena" for nothing!


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Dorkprop Driver
Nov 30, 2001
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Well, so much for these people having any brains. Attacking a state whose citizenry is as well-armed as Al Qaeda itself, that'd make for a pretty good shootout. Don't mess with Texas, Osama--and don't say I didn't warn you.