One Dead, Dozens Hurt In Chemical Plant Explosion And Fire

GEISMAR, La. (June 13, 2013)—At least one person was killed and more than 75 others were injured Thursday morning in an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, La., state police said.

The body of Zachary C. Green, 29, of Hammond, La., was found in the plant after the fire, Trooper Jared Sandifer said.

Another 77 people were treated at hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to critical.

The cause of the blast, which was reported just after 8:30 a.m., was not immediately known.

The fire was out by late morning.

Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, but residents in the area were advised to remain indoors.

The plant produces ethylene and propylene, highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

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