Overnight in Westlake, Louisiana there was an explosion at the Westlake Chemical plant.  According to State Police Trooper Derek Senegal, five people were injured in the explosion.

Louisiana State Police Troop D says the people that were injured were five contracted employees. All that were injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Two of the five have been transferred to other hospitals in Hammond and Lafayette, Louisiana.

According to Westlake Chemical spokesman Joe Andrepont, the explosion happened at Westlake Chemical’s Petro Complex 2 Unit which is located on Louisiana Highway 108.

He said that the explosion was a flash fire and it happened around 11 p.m. Monday night. The unit where the explosion happened is used to make ethylene.

The investigation continues.

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