Explosions inside a unit at Dow Chemical

UPDATE: As of Saturday morning, a small flame is still burning inside the unit at Dow Chemical. It is expected to burn itself out, according to officials. La 1 is now back open.

IBERVILLE — Iberville Parish officials confirm they responded to Dow Chemical in Iberville Parish.

The sheriff’s office and firefighters are currently responding to “multiple explosions inside a unit at Dow,” Sheriff Brett Stassi confirmed.

Officials said as of Friday night, there are no reported injuries and all people have been accounted for. Officials continue to monitor the air quality and for now, there is no impact off of the Dow grounds or any evacuations.

Officials did close La 1 out of precaution and to let firefighters battle the blaze. It was closed between Bayou Jacob Rd. and Sid Richardson.

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Sources added “all emergency crews” were asked to respond.

UWK reached out to Dow for any information. They made a post to their social media page Friday night saying “We currently have a fire at our Dow Plaquemine facility. The event is being managed by our Emergency Operations Center and we are in contact with officials. All people are accounted for. As we assess this event and know more we will post updates on this page.”

Multiple residents have reported to UWK that they heard and felt at least three explosions that shook their homes. Some added there was one large explosion followed by three small explosions.

There is no official word at this time what caused the explosions or exactly what unit the fire was in inside Dow Chemical.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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