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Posted: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 6:08AM

Gas plant explosion in Washington Parish

An explosion rocked Washington Parish this morning when fire erupted at a Florida Gas facility south of Franklinton.  

The glow was visible across the Northshore and as far away as Metairie and Chalmette.

Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning says no one was injured and the scene is "under control."  He says the gas pipe line was quickly turned off.  The cause of the blast is under investigation.

Click here to see video of how the explosion incinerated all of the vegetation near the blast...

Listen to Browning:

Officials worked to evacuate residents in a one mile area around Lee Road and LA 1072 where the Florida Gas facility is located in Washington Parish. 

The incident knocked out power to 10,000 customers of Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-op.  Most were restored by 7:00am.

Photo above by WWL listener Patrick Gallivan, photo on right from Louisiana State Police

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