LSP: Chemical leak at Port Allen facility caused by lightning strike

LSP: Chemical leak at Port Allen facility caused by lightning strike
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POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 3:08pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 3:55pm

A chemical leak caused by a lightning strike forced a road closure in Port Allen and a recommended shelter in place order for residents of downtown Baton Rouge. The leak was contained shortly before 6:00 p.m.

The Louisiana State Police reports that the leak happened at roughly 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. It happened in a storage facility at the Intercontinental Chemical Terminal which is owned by ExxonMobil.

The leaking chemical is butadiene, which is used in the production of synthetic rubber. We’re told the leak happened inside the facility.

“As soon as the release was detected, ExxonMobil Chemical activated its emergency procedures for mutual aid,” a representative with ExxonMobil, said. “Emergency response teams are on site and working with the local authorities to ensure the safety of personnel and to protect the environment. We are performing air monitoring at the facility.”

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but residents of downtown Baton Rouge were recommended to stay indoors for. That order was lifted shortly before 5:30 p.m. 

North River Road from Rosedale Road to US 190 was closed for the majority of the day.


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