According to a June 13 report from NBC News, a Louisiana chemical plant explosion killed at least one person and injured 73 others.
NBC News reports that Williams Olefins chemical plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana exploded killing one one employee, and injuring at least 73 others. The injured were reportedly taken to local hospitals to be treated. There were a total of 300 worker evacuated from the Williams Olefins chemical plant.
The plant burned for three hours before it was brought under control, and is now undergoing a controlled burn to burn off remaining chemicals. Officials have tested the air quality around the Williams Olefins chemical plant, and found it to be safe, but have asked residents within two miles of the plant to stay indoors while the smoke from the fire clears the area.
There is no word on what sparked the fire or caused the explosion, but Governor Bobby Jindal told reporters that:
“Once the investigations are done, once there’s a responsible party, they will absolutely be held responsible.”
The explosion happened around 8:30a.m. local time, and the plant remains an active scene with fire, police, and homeland security reportedly on site.
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