Saturday 18 November 2017

One dead, 73 hurt in chemical blast

Smoke and flames rise after an explosion at The Williams Companies chemical plant in Louisiana (AP)
Smoke and flames rise after an explosion at The Williams Companies chemical plant in Louisiana (AP)
A plume of smoke rises over the Williams Companies chemical plant in Lousiana after an explosion and fire (AP)

A ground-rattling explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana has ignited a blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens of others.

Louisiana's health department says 73 people were treated at hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to critical following the explosion on Thursday morning.

State police Captain Doug Cain says a body was found by hazardous materials crews going through the aftermath of the blast at the facility owned by The Williams Companies, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Capt Cain says all workers had been accounted for by Thursday afternoon.

The company said the blast happened at 8.37am. at the plant in an industrial area of Geismar, a Mississippi River community about 20 miles south-east of Baton Rouge. The cause was not immediately known.

Press Association

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