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Blast, fire hit Williams chemical plant in Louisiana
 
(Reuters) - A large explosion and fire hit the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Thursday, authorities said, causing at least some injuries.
A local fire department said it was treating a number of people injured in the blast, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. at a plant along the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge and about 60 miles up the river from New Orleans.
Images on the Times-Picayune news website showed a large ball of flame and a thick column of smoke coming from the plant.

NBC News reported 25 injuries, citing Paige Hargrove, executive director of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network.

Six burn victims were taken to hospitals by helicopter, WAFB television reported, citing the Iberville Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Corey Gautreaux, captain of City of Gonzales Fire Department, said emergency responders were treating people at the scene. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.




Blast, fire hit Williams chemical plant in Louisiana


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