Major Explosion At Chemical Plant In Geismar, Louisiana

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There has been a major explosion and a fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, along Highway 30, WWL-TV reports.

NOLA.com reports it the explosion was at the Williams Olefins plant, which, according to the company's website, produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene every year.

There have also been reports of injuries. State troopers told WAFB that LA 74 and LA 30 at LA 3115 are closed.

Here's photos from the scene:

This image of the plant #fire in #Geismar was sent in from a witness. bit.ly/13H4VFV twitter.com/WAFB/status/34…

— WAFB (@WAFB) June 13, 2013

Explosion at Williams plant here in Geismar. OK at my job site...but, the trailer shook like hell. Prayers sent. twitter.com/LSUJuicebox/st…

— Justin Chatelain (@LSUJuicebox) June 13, 2013

BREAKING PHOTO: @rob_krieger on scene of possible plant explosion in Geismar, LA "People being evacuated." twitter.com/Rob_Krieger/st…

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) June 13, 2013

This post will be updated as we find out more...



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