Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Multi-Chem Explosion in New Iberia, LA
"NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - State police say nobody was hurt when explosions rocked a Multi-Chem Corp. chemical plant in a New Iberia industrial park Tuesday afternoon.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says all employees are accounted for. He says Iberia Regional Airport was closed, and a 1-mile area around the plant was evacuated. Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies closed Louisiana Highway 182 on the western side of the city, about 75 miles west of New Orleans.
The Daily Iberian newspaper reports that explosions could be heard 20 minutes after the first, which was about 4 p.m.
A spokesman for Multi-Chem Group http://www.multichem.com/ in Houston said the company was gathering information on what happened. The company makes oilfield production chemicals."