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6 Injured in Tank Explosion at Westlake Chemical Plant in Louisiana

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A tank explosion at a Westlake Chemical plant in Louisiana left six workers injured yesterday morning.

Westlake Chemical Explosion Heard and Felt Across Lake Charles Area

The January 26th explosion erupted at roughly 10:45 a.m. local time at Westlake’s south plant, near Pete Manena and PPG Drive in Sulphur, sending a massive plume of black smoke into the air.

The blast was heard and felt for miles in the Lake Charles area, and nearby schools and industries were briefly ordered to shelter in place. Fortunately, crews extinguished the resulting fire within 15 minutes, and no vapors were detected in the air.

Paramedics rushed two injured workers to Oschner Christus St. Patrick Hospital, while three others were transferred to Lake Charles Memorial. A sixth worker received first-aid at the scene.

Their injuries reportedly ranged from lacerations and abrasions to a first-degree burn. None were considered life-threatening.

Explosion Involved Empty Ethylene Dichloride Tank

So far, it’s not known what might have triggered yesterday’s explosion. However, officials have confirmed that the blast involved an empty ethylene dichloride tank.

Ethylene dichloride is primarily used in the production of vinyl chloride. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is also used in solvents in closed systems for various extraction and cleaning purposes in organic synthesis and as an additive in lead gasoline.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating.

Explosion Was 3rd Incident at a Westlake Chemical Plant Since June 2021

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Westlake Chemical is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers, and building products. The company has approximately 9,200 employees worldwide and operates plants in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Yesterday’s explosion was the third serious incident involving one of Westlake’s four Louisiana facilities in less than a year.

Just four months ago, on September 27, 2021, a flash fire erupted during a maintenance turnaround at Westlake Chemical’s Petro Complex 2 Unit, an ethylene production facility located along State Highway 108 in Sulphur. Six contractors were hospitalized due to that incident, including one man who suffered severe burns over 50% of his body.

In June 2021, another fire erupted at the Westlake Petro 1 Unit. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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