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Geismer Plant Explosion

Friday afternoon, it was announced that a second worker died related to the injuries he received in the Geismar plant explosion.

He’s identified as 47-year-old Scott Thrower of St Amant.

Thursday, 29-year-old Zachary Green of Hammond died from injuries he sustained in the blast.

The explosion also injured 77 people.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident.

The company that owns the plant, Williams Olefins, says the accident poses no threat to the environment.

“We worked with the LDEQ, we did air monitoring in the area surrounding the facility, and to the best of my knowledge all of those test results were non-detect. They weren’t able to detect any material leaving the plant,” said plant manager Larry Bayer during a news conference to update reporters on measures being taken at the plant since Thursday’s explosion.

Geismar (from the Louisiana State Police) Louisiana State Police have identified the individual who was killed in a deadly chemical plant explosion as 29 year old Zachary C. Green of Hammond, LA. Notification of Green’s death has been made to his next of kin by Troopers and a company representative.

State Police have opened the following roads in the area surrounding the affected chemical plant: LA Hwy 30 at LA Hwys 73 and 74, LA Hwy 74 at LA Hwy 3115, and LA Hwy 3115 at LA Hwy 75 (River Road). However, the section of LA Hwy 3115 between LA Hwy 30 and LA Hwy 75 near the chemical plant remains closed as emergency personnel continue to investigate this incident.

Louisiana State Police say the fire at the Geismar plant has killed one person.

Officials say the fire is under control.

The LA Department of Environmental Quality is reporting that 73 people were injured in the blast.

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Photo from Alison Titkemeyer

(CNN) — The fire at a Geismar, Louisiana, chemical plant is “greatly diminished,” the plant’s owner, The Williams Cos., said in a prepared statement. The company confirmed injuries but said the number and severity were not immediately known.


Incredible pic shows workers fleeing explosion. (Photo from @WBRZ)

(CNN) — Louisiana State Police say authorities are evacuating the area around a Geismar, Louisiana, chemical plant that exploded and caught fire Thursday. A shelter is being set up, according to a dispatcher.


Staging area for injuries from plant explosion. (Photo from @Rob_Krieger)

(CNN) — Multiple injuries have been reported in the explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, according to Amy Johnson with Ascension Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office. Authorities were trying to get the fire under control, she said.


Photo from WBRZ-TV

Louisiana State Police are on the scene of a chemical plant explosion in Geismar, LA. The incident occurred Thursday morning at the Williams Olefins plant. Traffic near the area is closed.

WGNO is following this story as it develops.