Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:29:03 GMT
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.According to reports, Zebulun Kennedy, 25, charged the deputy, knocked him to the ground and continued attacking him. The deputy drewMore >>
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:33:45 GMT
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.According to reports, Andres Gonzalez, 27, and Raphael Domino Jr., 39, were fighting at Club End Zone on Plank Rd. justMore >>
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
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At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) -
Inspectors from several environmental agencies are trying to determine what caused an explosion at Westlake Chemical along LA 73 in Geismar. A fire broke around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. An estimated 300 people were told to stay indoors.
"During the restart of our vinyl chloride monomer plant we had an explosion and fire. There were no injuries and all personnel have been accounted for," Westlake Chemicals Environmental Health and Safety Manager Karen Khonsari said.
At 9:10 a.m., paramedics said there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say "the lines involved in the release are either shut in or in the process of being shut in." There was an evacuation and shelter-in-place ordered for a one mile radius. Highway 73 was closed.
"We used a system called First Call to do a reverse 911 to notify everybody to shelter in place around the facility," Ascension Parish OEP Director Rick Webre said.
Shelter-in-place means you should stay in your home with the doors and windows closed, along with the air conditioning and heating units turned off. This was lifted just after 11 a.m.
The plant was releasing Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM); Hydrochloric Acid (HCL); Chlorine (CL); and Hydrochloric Acid solution in whole or parts. The Department of Environmental Quality is sending the Mobile Air Monitoring Lab, the DEQ command post and emergency responders to do additional monitoring and oversight.
The EPA's ASPECT plane, which can conduct aerial monitoring, arrived Thursday afternoon. The EPA is providing additional air monitoring equipment to add to DEQ's equipment. An EPA START contractor team was on the site by early afternoon as well as an EPA on Scene coordinator.
DEQ Emergency Response will do continuous monitoring for the duration of the incident and is coordinating with the plant, LA State Police and Ascension Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. The DEQ Incident Command Center was set up in the facility parking lot and Ascension OEP, Sheriff and State Police are on scene with DEQ Emergency responders.
Inspectors are now trying to determine how much gas is left in the damaged plant tower, where it is, and what needs to be done to prevent future accidents.