Petroleum Plant Explosion in Harvey

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WGNO News has learned of an explosion, or possibly series of explosions, at the Kinder Morgan petro-chemical plant, located on the Harvey Canal and 4th Street on the West Bank.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency personnel are on the scene.

Dorothy Pipher, who lives at 418 3rd  St., just a few blocks from the plant, told WGNO that she and her husband, Robert, heard a “boom” at 11:30 this morning.   Robert Pipher rushed outside and saw “a ball of fire,” and then heard “six more explosions.”

An hour later (as of 12:30 pm), Dorothy told WGNO that her neighborhood appears to be “normal,” except for a hazardous materials team in the area.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is advising drivers in the area to be careful.  Traffic may still be blocked at Barataria and 4th Street.

Kinder Morgan has not released any information.

Listen to an eyewitness account here: