1 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Louisiana Explosion

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Geismar, La.

State police say at least one person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Louisiana.

State police Capt. Doug Cain said a hazardous material crew going through the plant in Geismar after the Thursday morning explosion found one person dead.

Thirty-seven people were taken to area hospitals by helicopter or ambulance, while another 24 had minor injuries

The cause of the blast, reported around 8:30 a.m., was not immediately known. The fire was out by late morning.

Eight of the injured were taken to Baton Rouge Medical Center, where one was listed in critical condition and two others were in serious condition.

Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.

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