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Chemical Plant Explosion Sends Mushroom Cloud Over Louisiana County

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/26/2022 Emma Mayer
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An explosion shook Westlake, Louisiana on Wednesday morning and sent a mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke into the sky, eyewitnesses say.

According to BNO News, the explosion happened around 10:45 a.m. at Westlake Chemical South, a chemical manufacturing plant. It is reported that multiple emergency services were responding to the scene.

Schools in the area were put on a precautionary shelter in place, and the Calcasieu Parish School Board said in a statement, "All students, faculty, and staff are safe."

The explosion occurred when a tank of Ethylene Dichloride exploded.


Video: Residents near Covington chemical plant told to shelter in place after explosion (WLWT Cincinnati)

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A spokesman from the plant told KPLC-TV that at least 6 people were injured, five of which were taken to hospitals in the area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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