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GEISMAR - Many who live and work near the Williams Olefins chemical plant have questions about the explosion there Thursday, and how it could impact them.

"The area is high industrial so we're back into work mode, but the impact in the community is still there," says Melissa Hite, who works at plant on Highway 30.

Stephen Bateman isn't a plant worker, but tells News 2 the explosion still hits close to home.

"I have a machine shop just down the road and I was actually in Williams the day before the explosion," he says.

Both said they and the rest of the tight-knit industrial community will be watching closely as the investigation continues.

"A lot of concerns for the family members who suffered some losses, and for the people that are in the hospital in critical care. It's just tough because there's some really close friends out there," says Bateman.

So far there are no reports of nearby plants being affected by the explosion. A class action lawsuit was filed by a worker installing scaffolding at a nearby plant, claiming smoke from the the explosion and ensuing fire caused health issues for him.


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