GEISMAR, La. – A Geismar, Louisiana, chemical plant exploded and caught fire Thursday, causing multiple injuries and forcing authorities to evacuate the area around the facility, officials told CNN.
Authorities ordered residents within a two-mile radius of the plant to stay inside while crews battled the fire, Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon said. A Louisiana State Police dispatcher had previously told CNN the area around the plant was being evacuated.
The fire was still burning near midday Thursday but had been “greatly diminished” through the work of emergency crews at the plant and firefighters, the plant’s owner, The Williams Cos., said in a statement.
The company confirmed injuries in the explosion and ensuing fire but said it did not know how many people had been hurt, or how severely.
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