Gas line ruptures, explodes in Grand Isle; two hurt
GRAND ISLE - A gas line rupture and explosion has sent two people to a Baton Rouge burn center and temporarily left hundreds of residents without gas Thursday.
It happened about 9:30 a.m. on Grand Isle as workers were performing maintenance on a two-inch line near the base of the Grand Isle bridge.
Christopher Hernandez, streets supervisor for the town, says his son was one of the two people injured. He says his son, 26-year-old Corey Hernandez, had significant burns on the upper part of his body and some on his face and is being treated in Baton Rouge.
What caused the rupture and blast was not immediately known. The explosion shut down La. 1 for about an hour, but Hernadez says traffic is flowing again and gas has been restored to all affected homes.