POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 8:11pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:29am
DONALDSONVILLE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE (9:20 PM) According to CNN, one person died and eight others were injured in an incident Friday at a chemical plant in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the plant manager said.
Emergency personnel are on the scene of an explosion at CF Industries in Donaldsonville.
A representative with Acadian Ambulance says they are treating at least 5 patients. Two are believed to be in critical condition. We’re told some of the trauma victims are being transported to hospitals in Baton Rouge.
The Louisiana State Police is responding to the scene. They say the workers were pressuring a vessel with nitrogen when the incident occurred at 6:45 p.m. They overpressurized and caused the rupture, which created a blast. It did not cause a fire.
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 shut down 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.