POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:23pm
GEISMAR, La (NBC33) — More than 24 hours after a deadly explosion rocked the William Olefins plant, the focus now shifts to what exactly sparked this deadly blaze. As for those who were there, they have said even though more than a day has passed, what happened here still hasn't quite sunk in.
"Once I hit the ground, that's when the second explosion happened, and nothing but fire came after that. And the ground was shaking so hard that even if you were running as fast as you could. It still felt like you couldn't get away fast enough," said plant worker Darren Broussard.
Broussard was suspended 10 feet in the air, just 100 yards from where the deadly explosion sparked. Though more than 24 hours have passed he said it still doesn't seem like reality.
"No it hasn't. Probably take a few days, maybe a few weeks before it sinks in what really happened," shared Broussard.
Haz Mat crews working through the day monitored the site, making sure it is safe for investigators to start their work.
"A significant amount of damage was created. In these type of events once we ensure the public's safety we relinquish control back to the facility, OSHA will come in with an investigator who is already on site and conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident," said Taylor Moss with LSP Emergency Services.
As for the plant workers like Broussard, they say they've got questions too, but for now they're just thankful to be alive.
"I wouldn't say lucky. I was pretty blessed that day. I was pretty blessed that day," shared Broussard.
We are told it could take weeks and even months before there are some more definite answers.