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Air is clean after vinyl plant explosion in Geismar

The Louisiana DEQ Mobile Air Monitoring Lab sampled the air around Westlake Chemicals The Louisiana DEQ Mobile Air Monitoring Lab sampled the air around Westlake Chemicals
GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says after they tested the air in a one square mile radius of Westlake Chemicals, the air is clean.

Westlake Chemicals, a vinyl plant in Geismar, LA, had an explosion and fire early Thursday morning. "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.

Around 300 people were told to stay indoors after the explosion.

The state has opened all roads that were closed as a result of Wednesday's explosion and fire at Westlake Chemicals.

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