Glow in night sky is plant flare, no emergency
PLAQUEMINE - The night sky was illuminated with a glowing orange color Friday due to a chemical company's flaring operations.
The flame, magnified by the weather, appeared to look like a large fireball. Authorities said it was just a standard plant event at Dow Chemical and there was no emergency.
Area emergency centers were receiving calls about the sight. Numerous people called the WBRZ news tip line wondering what was going on, too.
"Flaring is the controlled and effective burn of industrial gases and is an essential safety measure. Burning converts the gases into two common substances: carbon dioxide and water vapor. We regret any inconvenience to the community around us, and are working to minimize the flaring," a company representative said about the situation.
The flaring operation will likely continue overnight.
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