Rumbles Following Mysterious Explosion at Geismar Louisiana Petrochemical Plant – June 13 2013

Explosion: A fire started by an explosion broke out at a Louisiana chemical plant Thursday morning and injured 64, some critically. One was reported dead

 

An enormous and mysterious explosion rocked the surroundings of Geismar, Louisiana, a Mississippi River community about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge at 8:37 a.m. The blast was followed by a huge fire.

 

The still unexplained explosion occurred at a petrochemical plant of the Williams Company Inc., where highly flammable gasses including ethylene and propylene are produced. Witnesses report that a fireball rose 300 feet into the air and the ground shook at neighboring plants.

 

The following blaze killed one persons, burned and injured another 73 workers.

Victims: Officials said at least injured at the petrochemical plant explosion at 8:30 Thursday morning. The fire was out by 11am

 

Officials said at least injured at the petrochemical plant explosion at 8:30 Thursday morning. The fire was out by 11am.

 

Remnants: Smoke poured from the Williams Olefins plant after the initial fire was contained in what was called a 'controlled burn.'

 

Smoke poured from the Williams Olefins plant after the initial fire was contained in what was called a ‘controlled burn.’  Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant, according to DEQ spokesperson Jean Kelly, who called the blaze an ‘ethylene fire.’ However, a hazmat team was reportedly on the scene to decontaminate the area and nearby residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed.

Rushed to the scene: Smoke rises over a local police car. Ascension Parish, Louisiana's Williams-Olefins chemical plant saw a massive explosion Thursday that injured over 30 people

 

Ground shakings and tremblors were felt several miles from the plant. 

 

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  1. […] The explosion occured at around 6 a.m. and a second explosion happened later on in the afternoon. Heavy flames and black smoke could be seen from several miles away. About 500 residents have no power after the explosion and power crews are unable to fix the problem because of the intense flames and smoke from the explosion at the substation. They will let the fire burn out. It is expected to burn for several hours. So far there have been no injuries. There is no word as to what caused the explosion, as in this previous case. […]

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