Explosion and Fire Cause Injuries at Louisiana Chemical Plant


A massive explosion resulted in a huge fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana Thursday morning.

CNN affiliate WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, identified the facility as the Williams Olefins plant, which produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer-grade propylene each year, according to the company’s website.

Black plumes of smoke could be seen rising from one section of the plant, and a stream of grey smoke from the other.

The plant is located 60 miles northwest of New Orleans, and 30 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.

The fire department is treating an undisclosed number of injuries.  There is no report of any fatalities.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express