A vessel ruptured causing an explosion at the Dow Chemical plant in Plaquemine, LA, Sunday morning, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office officials said.
There were no injuries reported in the incident, said Dow Louisiana Operations. In addition, there was no immediate danger to the public, said the Iberville Parish Council. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion just after 8 a.m. The explosion was heard and shook homes across the river in East Baton Rouge Parish.
A vessel ruptured at the site Sunday morning, according to Dow Louisiana Operations. The company stated there are no injuries and that officials are conducting air monitoring.
Dow added the initial assessment does not appear to be an offsite impact other than the noise. The company also stated the production unit is stable.
Leadership and the company’s response team is on-site walking through the unit, officials said. Dow added it is in direct contact with regulatory agencies and local community officials.
Officials also said people will see steam from the unit as the company keeps the steam headers warm during the shutdown. The rest of the site continues to run safely with normal flaring, according to Dow officials.
The West Baton Rouge Parish Office of Homeland Security said it’s aware of the vessel rupture and that it’s in contact with Dow Chemical.
On Sunday Dow posted: “The site is stable and we are in recovery mode at our Glycol 2 unit. The rest of our production units continue to run safely and reliably.
“Thanks to the men and women of Glycol 2, our Emergency Site Services and our fire brigade members who responded quickly and safely to the event.”