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An enormous explosion shook a chemical plant in Geismer, Louisiana just south of Baton Rouge on Wednesday. The blast was followed by a huge fire. Fatality numbers are unconfirmed, bit it is likely they are “very high” according to authorities.
Emergency crews are on the scene, and have reported injuries. A hazardous materials team has also been dispatched to the fire.
Originally posted by symptomoftheuniverse
Is the shadow like thing shrapnel in the top right of the pic?
Residents in St. Gabriel are being asked to shelter in place from Highway 3115 to Highway 74 as a precaution.
The Iberville Office of Emergency Preparedness says seven injuries were reported to them. Emergency crews are on the scene.
A neighboring plant says the major exposure is Butadiene spheres. They say that Williams Olefine has a hydrocarbon fire and the concern is that another explosion could occur and the fire is not under control.
Originally posted by havok
Wow from the looks of that picture, the flame is 100's of feet high!
That is insane and extremely dangerous!
I work in a chemical plant and fires are always extremely dangerous.
We have evacuation drills, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing.
I've actually witnessed fires alot smaller than that and still was shaken up.
There's probably not much they can do besides kill the feed and let it burn out.
With such a large magnitude flame, it would be hard to control.
Man, I feel for those guys...