New Information: Chemical Plant Explosion

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 5:20am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 2:54pm

An explosion at the Multi-Chem facility near New Iberia has forced people nearby to evaucate and officials to close off some roads.

The first in a series of explosions happened just before 4:00 Tuesday afternoon.   At first - a 5 mile radius was evacuated. Sheriff's officals later reduced that to one mile.

Multi-Chem says they're still gathering information and need to wait until the fire's out to figure out what sparked the explosion.

The Acadiana Regional Airport had to be shut down. We're told many closures in place last night will be in place through at least early Wednesday morning.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are at a local shelter that's been set up helping those who were evacuated.

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