A chemical plant explosion occurred in Geismar, Louisiana on Thursday causing a number of injuries to those who were working in the facility at the time. Officials report that they needed to evacuate the surrounding areas as a result of the explosion in order to protect the community within a two mile radius of the explosion site. The fire continued to burn throughout Thursday afternoon, with crews remaining on site to battle the flames, though it had significantly diminished by their efforts.
At this time the authorities do report that there were multiple injuries from the explosion and subsequent fire, though they are uncertain as to how many victims there actually are thus far, or how severe their suffering is. According to the Iberville Office of Emergency Preparedness, there were six victims who were airlifted by helicopters to a hospital in Baton Rouge, though they are not sure if there are more injuries apart from that group.
Video footage of the incident and surrounding areas showed flames as well as a large black smoke covering the plant explosion site, with another area of smoke arising from another area of the plant as well. This plant, located just 60 miles out of New Orleans, produces an estimated 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer-grade propylene annually, according to details given on the company website.
Industrial plant explosions can cause not only devastating physical injuries, but they can also result in severe health risks as well for those whose bodies appear to be unharmed from the disaster. At a plant in which there are a number of chemicals created, the workers and the communities risk the possibility of
chemical exposure which can result in serious consequences even years down the road. If you or a loved one have been injured or made ill as a result of a plant explosion or fire, please
contact Arnold & Itkin today for an experienced plant explosion attorney you can trust.