Explosion at Louisiana Petrochemical Plant
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 3:27 pm
An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, has resulted in dozens of injuries and at least one death. The blast, which occurred at the Williams Olefins plant, occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13. Soon after, authorities asked nearby residents to take shelter until the situation was contained. So far, there is no word on what caused the explosion.
The plant is a major source of important petrochemical products, annually producing 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of propylene. This is not the first such accident to hit Southern Louisiana in recent years, either: at least two chemical plant explosions have occurred in the area since 2011.
The thoughts of everyone at Williams Kherkher are with the victims of this terrible incident and their families.