Jindal: 10 workers still in plant safe room
GEISMAR - Ten workers stayed behind at the Williams Olefins chemical plant after an explosion today to keep flaring operations running and shut down the plant, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal.
He said during an afternoon briefing the workers were in a safe room as part of the plant's emergency protocols.
State Police said one person has died, and around 73 are reported injured.
Jindal and emergency officials also said 300 people from the plant were evacuated, and everyone working there was accounted for.
Emergency officials gave the all-clear this afternoon for people sheltering in the area, and said they would continue monitoring air quality for any hazardous substances. So far none had been detected.
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