Residents Hear Explosions at Harvey Kinder Morgan Facility

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“We’re used to booms because of the trains, but that was extremely loud,” says Harvey resident Dorothy Pipher.

“That was a really big boom because it shook the house real bad,” says Robert Pipher, “The smoke, it was like about a mile in the air. It was pretty intense.”

Robert and Dorothy Pipher live a few blocks from the Kinder Morgan facility off Destrehan and 4th in Harvey. Late Tuesday morning they say what sounded like several explosions rattled their home.

“The first was the biggest. It’s the one that shook the whole house and the last six were just boom, boom, boom,” says Robert Pipher.

A company spokesman says a fire erupted as ethanol was being loaded in a truck.  The charred tanker is now under investigation.

Authorities say the driver was the only one injured.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.