UPDATE: OSHA To Join Louisiana Blast Investigation

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Federal investigators are expected in south Louisiana over the weekend at the site of an explosion that killed one worker a chemical plant in Donaldsville, La.

State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said Saturday that officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were coming to the CF Industries facility as soon as the site was deemed safe. Sandifer said the state police's hazardous materials unit was at the plant overnight.

Police say 55-year-old Ronald "Rocky" Morris Jr. of Belle Rose, La., was killed in the Friday blast.

CF Industries identified its injured employees as Courtney Julien, Melvin Singleton, Jeramy Worsham and Kade Yarbrough. Three contractor employees also were hurt.

CF Industries manufactures ammonia and other nitrogen fertilizers at the Donaldsonville facility.

Officials say there were no hazardous materials at the site.

Friday, June 14, 2013

A second blast in two days has killed a worker at a south Louisiana chemical plant, just miles from the site where two workers were killed a day earlier.

The latest explosion also injured seven people, some severely, State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said late Friday.

Sandifer said the injured were taken to area hospitals following Friday evening's explosion at a CF Industries facility in Donaldsonville. Police identified the deceased worker as 55-year-old Ronald "Rocky" Morris of Belle Rose, La.

Sandifer said the explosion didn't pose a threat to the area surrounding the plant. He said nitrogen was being offloaded by hose from an 18-wheeler and pressurizing a metallic "vessel" when the pressure built and caused the explosion.

The state police hazardous materials unit is investigating.

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