Public awaits answers on Goex explosion

By Bonnie Culverhouse

As of Monday afternoon, there were still no answers as to why the Goex black power manufacturing plant exploded on the campus of Camp Minden last week.

Louisiana Troop G Public Information Officer Jonathan Odom, said the state’s Hazmat Unit was awaiting a cooling off period before they attempted to access the site.

““At this point, we don’t know what caused it. They (hazmat) were told there were no injuries and all the employees involved were evacuated safely,” Odom said. “There were no additional evacuations necessary.”

The blast took place around mid-morning Friday.

“We received some calls from some residents in the Camp Minden area this morning,” Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said.  “I guess it vibrated their houses.”

When he arrived on the scene, Parker said fire and emergency personnel were already on the scene.

“The fire was completely out around 11:30,” he added. “It’s at least a 24 to 48 hour waiting period before anyone can go in there to determine a cause.”

This is not the first time a Goex building has exploded. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, this is at least the seventh explosion since the company located at Camp Minden in mid-1997.

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