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Sites of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago July 01, 2013 Jul 1, 2013 Monday, July 01 2013 July 01, 2013 1:39 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Several weeks after deadly explosions at two southeast Louisiana chemical plants, one remains closed and the other is partly closed.

Officials say it could be months before federal investigators determine what caused the fatal blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to area hospitals last month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent teams to Williams Olefins in Geismar and CF Industries in Donaldsonville, both located in Ascension Parish, to look into the explosions.

The chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board described to a congressional committee how quickly danger developed at the Williams Olefins plant, saying that within seconds a 200 foot chemical vapor cloud became a towering inferno.

The plant produces ethylene and propylene - raw materials for plastic bottles and trash can liners.

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