"The Geismar, La. facility annually produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. Also in Louisiana, the olefins team is responsible for the ethane transportation business consisting of approximately 200 miles of pipelines, as well as a refinery-grade propylene splitter."
WAFB reported that residents in St. Gabriel, a nearby community, were being asked to shelter in place as a precaution.
The station, citing state police, said two state routes have been closed near the plant, which is about 30 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.
Six burn victims have been hospitalized, although their conditions are not available at this time.
The fire is not under control and this time, and there are concerns for further explosions.