People in Ascension Parish say they're scared after two fatal plant accidents

People in Ascension Parish say they're scared after two fatal plant accidents
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Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 5:40pm

Edmond Coleman lives in Donaldsonville. He said after the explosion at the plant in Geismar, he could not imagine another incident happening so quickly and so close to home.

"I really didn't see, but I had a feeling," Coleman said. "I said to myself, 'Which one's next?' 'What's going to happen next?' We have so many plants in our community now, and you know they're dangerous."

Coleman knows firsthand what it's like to work in a plant, but he said nothing has ever come close to this.

"We had some scares and stuff. Not as bad as life-threatening, but that was bad," Coleman said. "We need them. We need every plant. We need gas. We need oil. It's just dangerous. We just got to be more careful."

Coleman said if another accident happens in his parish, he's moving.

"I don't know. Maybe it's time to move further or I don't know just pray more," Coleman said. "It's just everywhere. You don't know how you're going to leave here. The best thing you can do is be prepared and pray."

However, Coleman said, in order to move forward, the people in Ascension must come together.

"We got to stick together," Coleman said. "Everybody, black, white, it don't matter. We just got to stick together."

Coleman said even though he did not have loved ones who worked in those plants, his thoughts go out to the workers and their families.  

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