Minor explosion at business near Moss Bluff

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - At approximately 10:00 on Thursday morning, the Louisiana State Police responded to an explosion at Louisiana Tank, located off Highway 3059, between Moss Bluff and LeBleu Settlement.

"One trunk containing a corrosive material did explode. One person was injured as a result, and was air-lifted to a local hospital," said Sgt. James Anderson, with the Louisiana State Police.

The scene was quickly contained and the explosion posed no threat to anyone off-site.

According to George Jordan, a manager with Louisiana Tank, nothing more could have been done to prevent the explosion.

"Unfortunately in a business like this, when no matter what safety precaution you take, which we take plenty, freak random accidents do occur," said Jordan.

This accident was the first of its kind in 35 years, and while the injured man did have to be air-lifted to the hospital, his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

"He was air-lifted out, however from what I hear, any time there's any sort of acid spill, that's procedure. He was alert and seemed to be responsive and doing well," said Jordan.

Louisiana Tank does plan to re-evaluate procedure to see if it is possible to prevent an accident like this one from occurring again.

"We're always concerned about our employee's safety, we're going to look into this incident thoroughly, review our procedures, but so far everything indicates it was just a freak, unavoidable incident," said Jordan.

The Louisiana State Police see no red flags with the explosion at this time, but it does remain under investigation.

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