One confirmed dead after second plant explosion in as many days

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Posted: Jun 14, 2013 7:03 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 14, 2013 9:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff Jeff Wiley confirmed one person is dead after the second explosion in as many days at a chemical plant in Ascension Parish.

Investigators said workers pumped too much nitrogen into a vessel at the CF Industries Plant in Donaldsonville, causing it to rupture before 7 p.m.

State Police reported five people were injured in the blast, while Acadian Ambulance said they've transported seven people to local hospitals. They said workers pumped too much pressurized nitrogen into the truck, which caused it to rupture.

Traffic is being directed around the roads near the plant.

The CFI Plant in Donaldsonville is the largest producer of nitrogen in the nation, according to the company's website. In 2000 OSHA levied a six-figure fine against the company after an explosion in an ammonia unit there killed three workers and injured eight.

News 2 crews are on their way to the scene and will have more information on this breaking situation tonight at 10.

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