Dow says no injuries from chemical plant blast in Louisiana

No injuries reported after an explosion shakes Dow chemical plant in Louisiana; company says one unit effected but rest of production complex running safely

PLAQUEMINE, La. -- An explosion at a Dow chemical plant in Louisiana rattled windows in nearby homes but caused no injuries, the company said Sunday.

Dow Louisiana Operations said in a statement posted online that a "vessel" had ruptured Sunday morning at its facility near Plaquemine.

Other details were not immediately released.

Dow Louisiana Operations describes itself as a 1,500-acre (600-hectare) manufacturing facility. The site, together with brine operations in Grand Bayou, comprises one of Louisiana's largest petrochemical facilities.

Local news outlets reported that residents several miles (kilometers) from the plant reported hearing a loud boom just after 8 a.m. Sunday.

"It sounded like someone dropped a bowling ball in our house," Thomas Argust told WAFB .

Trudy Jackson who lives about five miles (eight kilometers) away from the plant, told the station that she's used to the occasional noises coming from the site, but the boom still caused her to pause.

"It was like a crash," Jackson said.

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