plant explosion http://wrkf.org en Second Deadly Industrial Accident in Ascension Parish in as Many Days http://wrkf.org/post/second-deadly-industrial-accident-ascension-parish-many-days <p><strong>UPDATE 10:14 p.m. CST </strong>WRKF's Kelly Connelly on the scene in Donaldsonville:</p><p><span>An industrial accident at North America’s largest nitrogen complex in Donaldsonville, La. has left one dead and at least five injured. </span></p><p>A little after 6 p.m. Friday, a crew at the CF Industries plant loaded too much nitrogen into a transportation tank, causing it to rupture. Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson described the mangled piece of equipment as a popped balloon. Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain told the Associated Press a fire sparked by the blast was quickly extinguished.</p><p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:19:52 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Kelly Connelly 12007 at http://wrkf.org Geismar Plant Explosion Claims a Second Life http://wrkf.org/post/geismar-plant-explosion-claims-second-life <p>Thursday’s chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has claimed another life. Seven remained hospitalized Friday with burns and respiratory complications.</p><p>Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong visited with workers and their families Friday. He called the incident a “major” explosion.</p><p>“This is a terrible and unprecedented tragedy," Armstrong said. "I’ve talked with a few of our employees and I know they are hurting, however, I’ve also seen and been inspired by their courage.”</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:20:56 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11998 at http://wrkf.org Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion in Geismar http://wrkf.org/post/deadly-chemical-plant-explosion-geismar <p><strong>UPDATED 9:22 p.m. CST: </strong></p><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/GOHSEP/status/345362047430701056/photo/1" target="_blank">injured count</a> is up to 77&nbsp; and a 29-year-old man is dead after a chemical explosion in Geismar, La. Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p>300 people were evacuated from the Williams Olefins plant, which produces over a billion pounds of propylene and ethylene a year for use in the production of other chemical and plastic products. It was propylene that caught fire after the explosion. Ten workers stayed behind to monitor a burn-off.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:18:29 +0000 Kelly Connelly , Amy Jeffries & Scott Neuman 11925 at http://wrkf.org Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion in Geismar