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Louisiana Chemical Plant Fire Leads to Evacuations

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2018

On Thursday, May 3, a fire broke out at a chemical plant in Duson, Louisiana, which sent plumes of smoke into the air. In the aftermath of the fire, an evacuation was ordered for residents one mile north of the FlowChem Technologies plant. Those within three miles north of the plant were asked to shelter in place.

Currently, the air quality is being tested by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The evacuation will not be lifted until the air quality test is complete.

The Acadia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reported that Xylene was one the chemicals that contributed to the explosions and subsequent fire. Xylene is a solvent that is found in industries involving printing, rubber, paint, and leather; it can also be found in airplane fuel, gas, and cigarette smoke.

So far, no injuries have been reported from the blast, but the building remains engulfed in flames.

Both lanes of Interstate 10, from the Lafayette I-49 exit to Crowley, have been closed.

Categories: Fires, Plant Explosion

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