At a 20-inch Phillips 66 pipeline in Paradis, a large explosion occurred
on Thursday night. According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff, there
were six workers who were cleaning the pipeline when the fire broke out.
Two of them were taken to a local hospital to receive treatment; one of
them was later taken to a burn unit down in Baton Rouge. Three others
received medical treatment at the scene.
At of 10:30 p.m., the other worker has yet to be accounted for. A search
Nearby residents reported hearing a loud "boom" from the pipeline
around 7 p.m. Around 60 homes in the proximity of the pipeline have been
evacuated while the fire burns off. According to the sheriff, that process
could take anywhere from a few hours to several days, although those who
had been evacuated from their homes should expect to be removed for at
least the rest of the evening.
The sheriff stated that they are unsure whether the fire occurred because
of a valve or gasket failure, but that the fire was a "large blowtorch"
that rose from 30 to 40 feet high. Thankfully, it is a "clean hot
fire," which means that once it burns off, there won't be any
Nearby pipelines have been shut off, and parts of U.S. 90 and La. 631 have