AT least six people were injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana, reports say.
The blast happened at Westlake Chemical in Sulphur just after 11pm on Monday night.
It occurred during maintenance at the company's Petro Complex 2 Unit- which processes ethylene, according to spokesperson Joe Andrepont.
All of the victims were contract employees and they were rushed to local hospitals, KPLC reports.
Andrepont said they have all been accounted for.
Local resident Shawn Carter posted footage on social media just before midnight that appeared to show thick plumes of smoke rising from the building.
Carter said that an ambulance was turning into the site of the pharmaceutical plant.
Residents took to social media to say that they felt the impact of the blast, Newsweek reports.
Tina Wing said: "I heard and felt the explosion in Sulphur."
MeLicia Hines posted: "It shook my whole house and scared me."
Facebook users sent prayers to the families of those who were injured in the blast.
The cause of the explosion remains unknown and an investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
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