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2nd victim dies after blast at La. chemical plant

Friday - 6/14/2013, 3:30pm  ET

A chemical plant fire is seen in this aerial photo about twenty miles southeast of Baton Rouge, in Geismer, La., Thursday, June 13, 2013. Ambulances and helicopters took at least 30 people from the burning chemical plant after an explosion Thursday, officials said. Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant, but area residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LITTICE BACON-BLOOD
Associated Press

GONZALES, La. (AP) -- Authorities say a second victim has died after an explosion and fire at a south Louisiana chemical plant.

Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain says 47-year-old Scott Thrower died Friday at a hospital, a day after the blast at the plant.

Another worker, 29-year-old Zachary Green, died in Thursday's explosion at the Geismar plant owned by Williams Companies Inc.

Williams officials and a spokesman for the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration say the cause of the blast is not immediately known.

Alan Armstrong, the company's president and CEO, says it's unclear when operations will resume.


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