Louisiana Multi-Chem Corp. Plant Explosion Causes EvacuationsJun 15, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
No one was hurt yesterday after several explosions at the Multi-Chem Corp. plant in New Iberia, Louisiana sparked a fire that is still burning today. Official say they will allow the fire to burn out on its own.
The first explosion occurred sometime around 4 p.m. local time. The fire sent flames above the tree line, and thick, dark grey smoke could be seen as far away as the Port of Iberia.
The Multi-Chem Corp. plant mixes and stores chemicals for oilfield services. It's not yet known what chemicals were onsite at the time of the explosion, but officials said they would make that information public as soon as they have it.
All workers at the plant are accounted for, and no one was injured. However, people living and working within one mile of the Multi-Chem Corp. facility - a zone that included the control tower at the Acadiana Regional Airport’s and the New Iberia Research Center - were told to evacuate. It is not yet known when the evacuees can return.
The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at Cyr-Gates Community Center. It is not yet known when the evacuated residents will be allowed to return home.