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Explosion at chemical plant in New Iberia

Explosion at chemical plant in New Iberia
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 6:26pm

La. State police says nobody was hurt in explosion at Multi-Chem Corp. plant in a New Iberia industrial park Tuesday afternoon. Earlier reports had said four people were critically injured.

Trooper Stephen Hammons says all employees are accounted for, and the fire is being allowed to burn itself out. He says Acadiana Regional Airport was closed, and a 1-mile area around the plant was evacuated.

The Daily Iberian newspaper reports that explosions could be heard 20 minutes after the first, which was about 4 p.m.

A spokesman for Multi-Chem Group in Houston said the company was gathering information on what happened. The company blends oilfield production chemicals.

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