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Massive Explosion At Louisiana Chemical Plant, Dozens Injured

A huge explosion and fire happened today about 20 miles outside Baton Rouge, LA at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar. Multiple injuries reported.

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Officials say 30 people hospitalized from a blast that took place at the Williams Olefins chemical plant this morning in Geismar, LA. The Williams plant manufactures ethylene used in the production of plastics.

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UPDATE: One person has died in the explosion

State Police with update: 1 fatality from plant explosion, 7 - 8 injuries, fire is out, controlled burn going on. http://t.co/Ds6Nq3rCiV

Carolyn Scofield

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State Police with update: 1 fatality from plant explosion, 7 - 8 injuries, fire is out, controlled burn going on. http://t.co/Ds6Nq3rCiV

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