Police: 1 Dead, 5 Hurt in La. Chemical Plant Blast

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By Samantha Morgan

Donaldsonville, LA (WVLA) — Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an explosion at CF Industries in Donaldsonville. La., Friday.

A representative with Acadian Ambulance says they treated at least 5 patients, and there is one confirmed casualty. Two were believed to be in critical condition.

The Louisiana State Police said the workers were pressuring a vessel with nitrogen when the incident occurred at 6:45 p.m. They over-pressurized and caused the rupture, which created a blast.

According to the company’s website, CF industries is North America’s largest producer of nitrogen. It ships approximately 5 million tons for agricultural and industrial uses each year.

On March 28, 2012, a Hazmat team responded to a failure at one of their ammonia plants. During that shutdown, a chemical called amine was released into the air. One person driving by the plant was momentarily blinded by the chemical and crashed on the plant property.

This explosion is in the same parish where a deadly blast occurred the day before at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar.

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