One dead in second Louisiana explosion in two days

June 15, 2013 07:26

NEW ORLEANS - An explosion at a nitrogen plant in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, killed at least one worker and injured seven others on Friday, authorities said, one day after a deadly blast at another chemical plant about 10 miles (16 km) away.

The blast hit the CF Industries plant in Donaldsonville, a small port city on the Mississippi River about 60 miles (100 kms) northwest of New Orleans, about 6 p.m. local time after a nitrogen vessel ruptured, the company said in a statement.One person died at the scene. Seven people had injuries ranging "from minor to severe" and were transported to several hospitals, Louisiana State Police trooper Jared Sandifer said.

The explosion in Donaldsonville, a town of about 8,000 residents, came a day after a blast at a Williams Olefins petrochemical plant about 10 miles north in Geismar that has left two people dead and injured more than 100.

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