Contract worker wounded in Louisiana refinery explosion and fire, enterprise suggests

A person person was wounded in an explosion and hearth on Monday morning at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s 578,000 barrel-for every-day crude oil refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, a business spokesperson said.

“One contract worker sustained an injury and is currently being evaluated at a regional healthcare facility as a precaution,” Jamal Kheiry claimed in an emailed assertion.

He added the hearth at the refinery was beneath control and all employees and deal staff experienced been accounted for. Kheiry did not explore the standing of operations at the refinery, which is the 3rd-most significant in the United States.

Online video posted by tv station WWL-Television set confirmed no flames seen but h2o from superior-electricity hoses was currently being sprayed on units at the refinery found along the Mississippi River 34 miles west of New Orleans.

Regional media experiences stated the fire began subsequent an explosion felt for miles around the plant. A nearby highway was shut for about an hour next the commence of the fireplace, according to law enforcement officers.

The hearth broke out at 9:30 a.m., Kheiry reported. Emergency officials in St. John the Baptist Parish mentioned the explosion was read at about 9 a.m.

The Garyville refinery, which concluded a key growth in 2009, can system a wide variety of crude oils into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and distillates. The refinery also produces asphalt, petroleum coke and feedstocks to make plastics.