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One Dead, Dozens Hurt In Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion

NPR | June 13, 2013 5:40 p.m.

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Scott Neuman

The plant on fire after it reportedly exploded Thursday in the town of Geismar La.

The plant on fire after it reportedly exploded Thursday in the town of Geismar La.

Associated Press, Ryan Meador

An explosion reportedly touched off a fire at a Louisiana petrochemical plant, but police say they aren’t sure yet how many people might have been hurt.

The fire started Thursday morning at the The Williams Companies Inc. factory in Geismar, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain says.

Cain says he’s seen ambulences taking “a couple of people from the plant,” according to The Associated Press.

The plant can produce 1.35 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene a year, according to the company’s website. Both ethylene and propylene are intermediates used to produce other chemical and plastic products.

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