A serious gas explosion was reported early this afternoon around 11:00
a.m. at the Williams Oil and Gas plant located in Gibson, Louisiana. Officials
for the company have confirmed that a pipeline exploded and resulted in
a fire at the natural gas facility.
While the facility was not operational during the time of the explosion,
there were several contractors performing routine maintenance at the plant.
These individuals were caught in the explosion—four were injured
and one was killed. Two of the workers were reportedly taken to Baton
Rouge for immediate care. Currently, there is no insight on the severity
of the injuries the workers suffered.
Williams Responds to Explosion at Their Facility
There were 13 other Williams employees at the gas plant when the explosion
occurred, but none were injured. The operations manager for the gas plant
reported that company is very saddened to hear of the injuries and death
due to the explosion at the facility and pass their thoughts and prayers
on to the victims’ families. Officials will begin their investigation
into the cause of the explosion once the area is fully secured.As of now,
residents living on Bayou Black Drive, which is nearby the plant, have
been advised to evacuate the area or stay inside their homes.