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Plant worker recounts terrifying moments after explosion

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BATON ROUGE - Workers were still visibly shaken up as a caravan of buses brought them to the Lamar Dixon Expo center after an explosion at the the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar this morning.

Heath Young described the terrifying moments following the blast to News 2.

"Boom! Like that. Everyone started running, taking off, chaos. They jumped the fence, jumped the tables. Went through the grass, buses running over people, going everywhere," he said.

Young is one of hundreds who lined up to check in at the center so his loved ones could find him. He said he's only been working for the plant two months.

"It wasn't as smooth as it seems. My crew's fine, MMR guys are alright. I know there are some people that's hurt. Pray to God their families are alright," he said.

Most of those prayers were answered as dozens of loved ones embraced, such as Sarah Williams.

"It was pretty much like a titanic moment when we were told we could go in and see our husbands. Some men didn't even walk in, they came straight to their significant others... it was very humbling," she said.

 

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