GEISMAR, LA — People in Geismar said this was the last thing they were expecting; a normal work day turned into one they will never forget.
Brian Pierre said a day at work turned into the scariest day of his life.
"We just hear this gigantic bomb, an explosion. We turn around and we see this gigantic fire go straight into the air," Pierre said. "I felt more just stunned and scared I mean I couldn't really believe that it happened."
Randy Madere works next to the plant. Even though it did not happen in his plant, he said he was scared, too.
"It's about your own life, for you to get out of here. I'm telling you plant scares me," Madere said. "I mean what I saw today, I don't even know if I want to go back in one."
Madere does not just work in a plant. He is also a fireman, so this explosion hits him in a different way.
"As a fireman, I feel bad because their family has to go and live with this, and I know this feeling... To go to somebody's family to tell them that something happened to their family," Madere said. "I understand the feeling of it because I been their done that."
Madere said it is not his plant, but it is his community.
"I can't say I'm happy that it wasn't my plant or nothing because now here we are having all kinds of injured people next door to me," Madere said. "I wish it was never the plant next door to me or none of these plants."
Both Madere and Pierre said no matter what they have to keep going.
"In life you have to move forward no matter what kind of tragedy or anything that happens. You have to move forward," Madere said.
"I'll probably just work somewhere else. I'm in college. I'm in school right now. I go to Yale," Pierre said. "I don't really want to go somewhere like a plant and possibly blow up."
The people I talked to say part of moving forward will be coming together as a community.