Blast At 2nd Lousiana Plant Leaves One Dead, 7 Injured

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (June 15, 2013)--A second blast in two days killed a worker at a south Louisiana chemical plant, just miles from the plant where two workers were killed a day earlier in an explosion.

The explosion Friday evening in Donaldsonville, La., also injured seven people, some severely, State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said late Friday.

Sandifer said the injured were taken to area hospitals after Friday evening's explosion at a CF Industries facility in Donaldsonville.

Police identified the dead worker as Ronald "Rocky" Morris, 55, of Belle Rose, La.

Sandifer said the explosion didn't pose a threat to the area surrounding the plant.

He said nitrogen that was being offloaded by hose from an 18-wheeler and pressurizing a metallic "vessel" when the pressure built and caused the explosion.

The state police hazardous materials unit is investigating.


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