One person killed in Louisiana plant explosion

Williams Geismer Olefine chemical plant

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(AP) - State police say at least one person was killed and at least 30 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 Williams Geismer Olefine chemical plant after the Thursday morning explosion found one person dead.

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.

Action 4 News is being told there are people from the Rio Grande Valley that work at this plant.

It is unknown if any of the injured are from this area.