Second victim dies after blast at #Geismar chemical plant | #Louisiana | #ScottThrower

Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 4:20 PM

GONZALES (AP) — A second victim of an explosion at a south Louisiana chemical plant died Friday, while federal authorities opened an investigation to determine the cause of the deadly blast.

Scott Thrower, 47, of St. Amant, died at Baton Rouge General Hospital’s burn center, State Police Capt. Doug Cain said.

Another worker, Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond, died in Thursday’s explosion at the plant in Geismar owned by Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Companies Inc. Dozens of others were injured.

Green was an operator at the plant and started working for Williams last October. His body was found by hazardous materials crews moving through the site after the blast.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. A department spokesman and company officials said the cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known, but the FBI ruled out terrorism.

“Right now, it’s really too early to determine anything,” Labor Department spokesman Juan Rodriguez said Friday.

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