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Blast at Louisiana petrochemical plant kills 1, injures 77

Blast at Louisiana petrochemical plant kills 1, injures 77

HOUSTON — At least one person was killed and 77 injured Thursday in an explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in the Louisiana town of Geismar, part of a heavily industrial region known as “Cancer Alley.”

“This has been a tragic incident,” Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said during a briefing near the plant Thursday afternoon. “There will be further investigations afterward to determine what happened and to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

He said officials had not released the name of the man who died because they were in the process of notifying his relatives.

As Jindal spoke in the televised briefing, a black...

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