DRIVERS on Louisiana’s West Airline Highway either witnessed, felt, or heard a major explosion this morning.
Residents of Garyville, Louisiana, heard a loud and roaring boom that echoed for miles before feeling the ground shake underneath them.
What happened at the refinery?
This morning at approximately 9.30am CST, witnesses in nearby homes and businesses report hearing a loud booming noise followed by shaking throughout the ground.
Moments after the boom, the Marathon Refinery caught fire. The refinery, which sits on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, refines crude oil for use in gasoline, asphalt, sulfur, and several other products.
According to 4WWL, company officials and local police have stated that it is currently unclear what caused the explosion.
The company has reported that there has been no damage sustained to any other structures in the vicinity of the plant.
Were there any injuries or deaths?
There were no deaths reported from the incident.
While some sources have said that there are no reported injures, Nola claimed that one worker has been taken to a nearby hospital following the blast.
His injuries have been classified as minor, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
What comes next for Garyville?
Following the explosion, local emergency responders have set up air monitoring teams to ensure that the air quality is safe for local residents.
The fire has been completely put out, although it is still unclear how much of the factory was destroyed.
Local responders have given the building and its premises the all-clear.
It is undetermined when the factory will be able to reopen for normal operations.
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