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A second person has died after an explosion and fire at the Williams Olefin chemical plant in Louisiana, state police said.
Mobile phone footage filmed yesterday showed plumes of dark smoke billowing from the factory, which manufactures flammable gases for use in the petrochemicals industry.
The explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, has killed one person and injured 73 others, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said.
Officials previously had reported one dead and 33 injured.
One person is confirmed dead after an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Louisiana, state police said.
The explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical injured 33 people, said Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
Thirty were taken from the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, by ambulance and three by helicopter, Kelly said.
Mobile phone footage shot by a passer-by shows flames and dark smoke billowing from a chemical plant in Louisiana.
The Williams Olefin plant makes flammable gases used in the petrochemicals industry.
At least 30 people have been taken to hospital after an explosion and a fire at a chemical plant in Louisiana, the Associated Press reported.
Emergency responders are treating people at the scene of an explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical plant in Louisiana, Corey Gautreaux, captain of City of Gonzales Fire Department, said. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.
"It's an active scene. The fire department, the sheriff's office and hazmat (hazardous materials) team are responding to the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant," added Amy Johnson, a state security spokeswoman.
Police in America say a fire is burning after a large explosion at chemical plant in Louisiana.
The number of casualties is not yet known but police said the area around the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana, was largely industrial and there were not many residential properties within a mile.