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Large Explosion Reported In Eastern Louisiana

The gas-line incident comes less than a week after a chemical plant explosion in Louisiana killed two and injured 77. Check back for updates.


Melanie Hebert

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Picture from eyewitness Cindy Tate of apparent explosion in Washington Parish reported in Isabel on Lee Road

A gas line reportedly exploded around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Louisiana 60 and Louisiana 1072 in Washington Parish, about 65 miles north of New Orleans. WDSU reported around 6:17 a.m. local time that officials and hazardous materials crews were on their way to the scene. No injuries have been reported.

According to WWLTV, witnesses saw a bright orange light and reported a funny smell. A local radio station reports that 10,000 are without power.

Last week, two people died and 77 were injured after a massive explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical plant in Geismar, La.

More photos and videos from today’s explosion:

PICTURE: Taken from a viewer near explosion in Washington Parish. @wdsu

— BlakeMHanson (@Blake Hanson)

Blake Hanson

@BlakeMHanson

PICTURE: Taken from a viewer near explosion in Washington Parish. @wdsu

Smoke still billowing from explosion in Washington Parish, Pic sent by WDSU Web Mgr Clint Durrett @Phanclan @wdsu

— randirrousseau (@Randi Rousseau)

Randi Rousseau

@randirrousseau

Smoke still billowing from explosion in Washington Parish, Pic sent by WDSU Web Mgr Clint Durrett @Phanclan @wdsu

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