Three people were killed and seven were injured on Wednesday in an explosion at a Louisiana power plant at around 11am.
Daily Mail reported that the explosion occurred at the Packaging Corporation of America in Beauregard Parish, and the cause of the blast is still unknown. The three men who were killed were working in the pulp mill area at the time of the explosion.
The plant has revealed that the container that exploded was 25 feet tall and contained a “foul condensate.”
“There’s families that are hurting right now and they need your thoughts and prayers,” an emotional Brent Hansen, general manager of PCA, told 12 News Now.
The company released a brief statement to the press saying that the blast involved “annual repair work being done” in the pulp mill area. Many of the victims were airlifted to hospitals after suffering chemical burns from turpentine, which can cause skin irritation, headache, dizziness and even death.
We will update you further as this story develops.