Dow Chemical explosion shakes Iberville, West Baton Rouge parishes

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IBERVILLE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) A spokesperson for Dow Louisiana operations says the company had a vessel rupture at their site this morning. According to multiple Facebook posts, The noise was heard from individuals in White Castle, Plaquemine, and Addis.

Spokesperson for Dow Ashley Mendoza said there are no injuries on site and they are currently conducting air monitoring.

Mendoza stressed all flow that was going to the vessel has been stopped, and there does not appear to be any offsite impact other than the noise.

The Iberville Parish Council posted on their Facebook page Sunday afternoon:

There is no ongoing emergency at the site. 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.

All employees and contract employees are to report to work as normal. Come as you do everyday, with your commitment to the environment, everyone’s safety and health.

The West Baton Rouge Office of Homeland Security also released a statement:

“West Baton Rouge is aware that Dow Louisiana operations had a vessel that ruptured at their site this morning. The noise was heard in the community. There were no injuries on site, and Dow is currently conducting air monitoring. There does not appear to be any offsite impact other than the noise. Dow Chemical is in contact with the West Baton Rouge Parish officials and if there are any changes we will be issuing further statements.”

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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