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LSP identify man killed in chemical plant explosion

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago June 13, 2013 Jun 13, 2013 Thursday, June 13 2013 June 13, 2013 5:25 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

GEISMAR - State Police released the name of the person killed in today's chemical plant explosion in Geismar.

Troopers said Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond was found dead at the Williams Olefins plant after an explosion this morning around 8:30 a.m.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals said 77 people were treated for injuries after the blast. About 15 had serious burns, others had bruises as well as heart and respiratory problems. Of those treated, 51 have been sent home and three are in intensive care.

State Police said 600 people were working at the plant when the explosion happened. Some were contract workers, others were plant employees.

There's still no word on what caused the blast and ensuing fire, which burned a flammable chemical called ethylene propylene which is produced at the plant.

News 2 crews will have the latest on the investigation and response to this explosion tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

IMAGE: Acadian Ambulance

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