Two remain in critical condition after Geismar plant explosion

Workers reunite with family after the blast. Photo provided by staff.
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:31am

UPDATE: UPDATE: Scott Thrower, the critical patient at the Baton Rouge General, passed away at roughly 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

ORIGINAL: Two men remain in critical condition this morning after yesterday’s deadly blast at a plant in Geismar. One is located at the Baton Rouge General and the other is at Our Lady of the Lake.

Officials say all of the remaining patients have been discharged. We’re told 77 people were admitted for treatment at three hospitals.

Over 300 employees were inside of the plant on Thursday, June 13 when two explosions ignited a massive fireball that shot 300 feet in the air. It happened at roughly 8:30 a.m.

Zachary Green, 29, was the only person killed in the blast.

The Williams Olefins plant produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. Ethylene is extremely flammable and is easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames. It can form explosive mixtures in the air.

A full investigation has been launched to determine what caused the explosion.

The road leading to the plant remains closed today. There is no word on when they plan to reopen the area.

A press conference will be held at noon today. A representative from the plant will make a statement and provide updates.


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