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Explosion at natural gas plant in Louisiana kills three workers

09 October 2015

An explosion on October 8 at a natural gas plant in Gibson, LA, killed three workers and injured two others critically. Authorities advised nearby residents to remain inside their homes for several hours. The casualties were contract employees carrying out maintenance at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility, which was not operational at the time.

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Williams Partners, the parent company of the plant's owner, said 15 of the contractors and 13 Williams employees stationed at the facility have all been accounted for and were not injured.

Twenty contractors from Houma-based company Danos and Geismar-based company Furmanite were working in different areas throughout the plant when the explosion happened, officials said.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but it did not appear to have been caused by a rupture in the pipeline, Williams officials said. Federal regulators are assisting with the investigation.

After an initial inspection, company officials said they suspect the blast's source was a tank that collects hydrocarbons that build up within natural gas pipelines.

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