LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A loud boom heard in Louisiana came from a chemical plant.
There was an explosion and fire Monday at the Sasol plant in Lake Charles, news outlets reported. The plant's emergency response team put out the fire, spokeswoman Kim Cusimano told KPLC-TV.
No injuries were reported and all employees and contractors were safe and accounted for, Cusimano said.
The explosion came from the facility's low-density polyethylene unit, according to the American Press. The unit was in its final stages of commissioning and startup when the explosion happened. It has been shut down while the company investigates the cause.