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Chemical Plant Explodes, Catches Fire in Louisiana
A fire at the Westlake Chemical Plant extinguished after early morning explosion
Published Thursday, March 22, 2012
The fire at Westlake Chemical along LA 73 in Geismar has been extinguished after an explosion happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, however, the shelter-in-place is still in effect. The plant was releasing Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM); Hydrochloric Acid (HCL); Chlorine (CL); and Hydrochloric Acid solution in whole or parts.