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GEISMAR, La. — A ground-rattling explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed one person and injured dozens of others, authorities said. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of flames as high as 200 feet into the air and workers scrambling over gates to escape the plant.

A thick plume of black smoke rose from the plant after the blast even after the fire was extinguished. At a roadblock several miles away where family members waited anxiously to hear about loved ones, flames were still easily visible above the trees even hours later.
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The cause was not immediately known but the FBI said terrorism was not suspected.

A contract worker, Daniel Cuthbertson, 34, described a scene of “mass hysteria” immediately after the explosion, with workers scrambling over gates to get out of the plant.
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“God was with me today because I know when I looked back, I barely made it. I know somebody was hurt. There’s no way everybody escaped that,” Cuthbertson said while at an emergency staging area about 2 miles from the plant.

More than 300 people were evacuated from the site, but some stayed behind, officials said. Ten workers stayed in an explosive-proof control center as the fire raged, said state police Capt. Doug Cain. The workers performed vital tasks, including shutting valves that rendered the plant safe, he said.
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Residents several miles from the plant described feeling the ground shaking.

“It felt like a three-second earthquake. It was a massive explosion,” said state Sen. Troy Brown, who lives several miles from the plant. Unsure what it was, he drove to a gas station down the street and saw flames shooting up 100 to 200 feet into the air.

“It was scary,” he said.
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Default Re: 1 dead, 77 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant; cause unknown

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"1 dead, 77 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant; cause unknown"

I'm guessing an explosion of chemicals?
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Default Re: 1 dead, 77 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant; cause unknown

They updated a while ago to 3 dead and another 5 critical injuries. The blast proof control center probably helped a lot in containing the blaze. Prayers for all involved.
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Geez first a fertilizer plant now a chemical plant.

My heart and prayers go out to the workers and their families.
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Default Re: 1 dead, 77 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant; cause unknown

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"1 dead, 77 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant; cause unknown"

I'm guessing an explosion of chemicals?
Maybe not. I work for a wood products company. About 20 years ago we had our biggest fire ever. You would think that it had to do with the wood we process, but the reality is that is was in the fab shop and was caused by a guy welding too close to a wall insulated with sawdust (the building used to be a spud cellar). The sparks from the welding heated up the sawdust and the building caught fire. It had nothing to do with the wood we were processing, just an old building. The worst part of the fire was all the oxy-acetelene tanks and barrels of cleaning solvents.
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