Chemical Plant Explosion Injures 25 in Louisiana
A chemical plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana left at least 25 people injured Thursday (June 13, 2013).
Details of the Chemical Plant Explosion
The explosion occurred at Williams Chemical Plant in Geismar, Louisiana at about 8:40 a.m. Geismar is an industrial town located along the Mississippi River, about 60 miles northwest of New Orleans and 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.
25 Hurt, Multiple Burn Injuries Reported
“We are in the process of accounting for all personnel. Injuries have been reported, the number and extent of those injuries is not known at this point,” Williams press release.
Preliminary reports indicate 25 individuals were injured in the explosion. While the extent of the injuries remains unknown, NBC news is reporting that 6 burn victims were air lifted from the site, and at least 4 other victims were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Williams Olefins Plant
The Geismar chemical plant is operated by Williams, an energy company headquartered out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to the company’s web site, “The Geismar, La. facility annually produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. Also in Louisiana, the olefins team is responsible for the ethane transportation business consisting of approximately 200 miles of pipelines, as well as a refinery-grade propylene splitter.”
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