Explosion at Williams Geismar Plant Injures Dozens

Gotta hate it when this kind of thing happens—as it all too often does. This is an on-going story and, as always in such cases, there's way more we don't know than that we do. But here's what we do know so far.

There was a large explosion and fire at the Geismar, La., Williams Olefins chemical plant this morning. Dozens were injured and officials ordered residents withing 2 miles of the plant to remain indoors.

The blast hit at 8:37 a.m. at the plant along the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge and about 60 miles up river from New Orleans, parent group Williams Cos. said in a statement.

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