Explosions rock La chemical plant; at least 4 hurt

By the Associated Press | June 14, 2011 | 6:44 PM EDT

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Explosions rocked a chemical plant in a southern Louisiana industrial park, sending at least four people to the hospital and forcing evacuations within a mile of the factory.

Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies on Tuesday closed Louisiana Highway 182 on the western side of the town about 75 miles west of New Orleans.

An official at Iberia Medical Center said four injured workers are being flown to a burn unit. It was unclear whether there were more injuries.

The Daily Iberian newspaper reported the first explosion occurred about 4 p.m. and blasts could still be heard 20 minutes later.

A spokesman for Multi-Chem Group in Houston said the company was gathering information on what happened at its plant. The company makes oilfield production chemicals.