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An explosion at The Williams Companies Inc. plant happened Thursday in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar La. The fire broke out Thursday morning at the plant, which the company’s website says puts out about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene a year.

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1 dead, 73 hurt in La. plant explosion

A ground-rattling explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed one person and injured dozens of others, authorities said. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of flames as high as 200 feet into the air and workers scrambling over gates to escape the plant.

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