PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say a recommended shelter-in-place for parts of Baton Rouge has been lifted after a chemical leak at an industrial facility along the Mississippi River.
Capt. Doug Cain said nobody was injured at an Intercontinental Terminals Company facility in Port Allen after lightning apparently struck a tank storing butadiene, triggering a leak of the flammable gas. It happened about 3 p.m.
Cain said the facility was evacuated and nearby roads were closed as a precaution while workers doused the tank with water. No residents had to be evacuated from the area.
Cain said the state Department of Environmental Quality was performing air quality tests at the scene.
The shelter-in-place was a recommendation not mandatory for those in the downtown area. The recommendation was issued because of the direction of the winds that were blowing from Port Allen to downtown Baton Rouge.
WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1cImhKx) hazardous materials crews went into the plant around 5 p.m. to manually shut down the valve that was leaking butadiene. Just before 6 p.m., officials said the leak had been sealed.
ExxonMobil, which owns the terminal, said it's working with authorities to ensure "the safety of personnel and to protect the environment."