GONZALES, La. — 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.
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.
Williams Companies president and CEO Alan Armstrong said at a press briefing in Gonzales that the extent of the plant’s damage was unknown and it was unclear when operations would resume.
Louisiana’s health department said 88 people were evaluated at hospitals after the explosion and at least 81 had been released by Friday morning.