Geismar Plant Explosion Shakes Up Community | Williams Olefins Plant
An explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar at 8:30 this morning injured dozens and resulted in one fatality. Sadly, the victim that died in the accident has been identified as Zachary Green, 30, of Hammond. According to a State Police spokesman, the fire has been extinguished but they continue to do controlled burns, causing smoke to rise in that area. As a precaution, area streets were shut down as St. Gabriel, a neighboring community, sheltered-in-place.
Now the focus will be on recovery and investigating the cause of the explosion. Gov. Jindal weighed in today around 2 p.m. after hearing from first responders. Expressing condolences and wishing the injured a speedy recovery, Jindal commented about moving forward, “There will be further investigations afterward to determine what happened and to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Right now, our focus is on the recovery, the rescue efforts within the plant, and on making sure that folks in the surrounding communities are safe.”
Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Zachary Green and extend prayers to all those affected by the explosion this morning. Our thoughts are with this community as they recover from this tragedy.