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$7.5 Million Settlement Made In Grain Elevator Explosion

October 7, 1987 GMT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ Relatives of nine people killed and others who were injured in a 1981 grain elevator explosion have accepted a $7.5 million settlement from pesticide companies.

A suit filed in April 1983 by the Port of Corpus Christi, the families of the nine people killed and 25 injured people claimed a container of phostoxin pesticide pellets flashed, igniting a fire in the grain elevator.

Defendants named in the suit are Degesch Gmbh, Degesch America Inc., Phostoxin Sales Inc., Pest Fog Inc. and Hollywood Termite Control.

They settled Tuesday with all the plaintiffs except the port, said Robert Patterson, attorney for many of the plaintiffs.

The local retailer of phostoxin, Pest Fog Inc., the same company as Hollywood Termite Control, settled with the port Tuesday for $100,000. But other defendants still face a $36 million damage claim filed by the port.