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Louisiana State Police Report 2nd Death in Plant Fire

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UPDATE: Authorities say a second victim has died following an explosion at a south Louisiana chemical plant.
    
Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain said 47-year-old Scott Thrower of St. Amant died Friday at Baton Rouge General Hospital.
    
Another worker, 29-year-old Zachary Green, died in Thursday's explosion at the Geismar plant owned by Williams Companies Inc.
    
Williams officials and a spokesman for the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the cause of the blast wasn't immediately known, but the FBI ruled out terrorism.
    
Alan Armstrong, the company's president and CEO, said it's unclear when operations will resume.


A ground-rattling explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens of others. Louisiana's health department says 77 people were treated at hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to critical following the Thursday morning explosion.
    
Health department spokeswoman Christina Stephens says by the evening, 51 had been discharged. She says hospitals reported that workers mostly had burns, cardiac and respiratory issues and bruises.
    
State police say the body of a 29-year-old man was found in the plant owned by The Williams Companies Inc.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an explosion at a south Louisiana chemical plant that killed one worker and injured dozens of others.

Department spokesman Juan Rodriguez said the cause of Thursday's blast at the plant in an industrial area of Geismar hasn't been determined yet.

Officials from the plant's owner, Williams Companies Inc., planned to hold a news conference Friday in Gonzales.

The company said one of its employees, 29-year-old Zachary Green, died in the explosion. Green was an operator at the plant and started working for Williams last October.

Louisiana's health department said 77 people were treated at hospitals and at least 51 of them had been released by Thursday evening.

Police say all workers had been accounted for by Thursday afternoon.
    
The company said the blast happened at 8:37 a.m. at the plant in an industrial area of Geismar, a Mississippi River community about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.

 


Daniel Cuthbertson knows there are risks involved in work at chemical plants.
    
Still, the 34-year-old contract worker from Taft, Calif., says he was shaken after escaping Thursday's blast at a south Louisiana plant that killed at least one worker.
    
Louisiana's health department says 77 people were treated at hospitals. Most were released by Thursday evening but a few were in critical condition.
    
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
    
The plant in a Mississippi River corridor southeast of Baton Rouge makes ethylene and propylene, highly flammable gases that are common to the petrochemical industry.

 

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