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77 treated at hospitals after explosion in Geismar

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GEISMAR, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Daniel Cuthbertson knows there are risks involved in work at chemical plants.

Still, the 34-year-old contract worker from Taft, Calif., says he was shaken after escaping Thursday's blast at a south Louisiana plant that killed at least one worker.
 
Louisiana's health department says 77 people were treated at hospitals. Most were released by Thursday evening but a few were in critical condition.
 
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
 
The plant in a Mississippi River corridor southeast of Baton Rouge makes ethylene and propylene, highly flammable gases that are common to the petrochemical industry.

 

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