Two remain in critical condition after Geismar plant explosion

Two remain in critical condition after Geismar plant explosion
Workers reunite with family after the blast. Photo provided by staff.

POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:52am

UPDATED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:51pm

UPDATE: Scott Thrower, the critical patient at the Baton Rouge General, passed away at roughly 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14.


ORIGINAL: Two men remain in critical condition this morning after yesterday’s deadly blast at a plant in Geismar. One is located at the Baton Rouge General and the other is at Our Lady of the Lake.

Officials say several patients have been discharged, but a handful remain under doctor supervision. We’re told 77 people were admitted for treatment at three hospitals. Four patients remain at Baton Rouge General in Mid City.

Officials say 839 people were at the site on Thursday, June 13 when two explosions ignited a massive fireball that shot 300 feet in the air. It happened at roughly 8:30 a.m.

Zachary Green, 29, was the only person killed in the blast.

The Williams Olefins plant produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. Ethylene is extremely flammable and is easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames. It can form explosive mixtures in the air.

A full investigation has been launched to determine what caused the explosion.

The road leading to the plant remains closed today. There is no word on when they plan to reopen the area.

A press conference will be held at noon today. A representative from the plant will make a statement and provide updates.

NBC33 News will continue to track this story, and we'll bring you new developments as we are able to uncover them. Follow our updates on Twitter via #plantfire. Make sure to download the NBC33 mobile app and follow us on Facebook for the latest.

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