ADM not sure why grain elevator exploded
Parish says explosion was never threat to neighbors
|Shonna Riggs/Herald Guide|
An explosion at the ADM grain elevator forced the company to relocate operations to another facility at St. Elmo
Raoul and Carolyn Laurent, of 121 Pelican Street, were jolted out of bed when they heard a loud popping sound.
“It sounded like a transformer blowing up,” Raoul said. “The whole street went dark, and we were without power for a few hours.”
The following morning, residents realized there was an explosion at ADM.
“I don’t know, but rumors are that it was an explosion that occurred from inside the grain elevator,” Raoul said. “That’s why there wasn’t a whole lot of dust and other impacts to the community.”
David Weintraub, a public information officer for ADM, said that there were no injuries as a result of the grain explosion and the incident is still under investigation.
“Our primary concern is always the safety of our colleagues,” Weintraub said. “We are relieved that nobody was injured and that everyone has been accounted for.”
Weintraub says that ADM doesn’t know the full extent of the damage or when the facility will be fully operational, but they are working as quickly as possible to assess the damage.
“We are going to repair the Destrehan facility,” Weintraub said. “In the mean time, we will operate out of our St. Elmo facility, which will be sufficient to ensure continuity of operations.”
Jason Tastet, a senior emergency coordinator for St. Charles Parish, says residents didn’t get a phone message to notify the community about the explosion because there was no threat to homes.
“There was no offsite impact, besides a power outage,” Tastet said. “Our role at the Emergency Operations Center was to coordinate the activities of the responding agencies, like the fire department and the sheriff’s office.”
Tastet said he did send out emergency call messages to some residents later - during the morning hours when traffic started to pile up.
“There are some residents who signed up on the parish Web site to be notified voluntarily in case of emergencies and those are the ones who were contacted strictly because of traffic concerns,” Tastet said.
Tastet said it took about 13 hours to clear up the incident at ADM.
“Our first call came in at 1:33 a.m.,” he said. “Larry Cochran was the fire chief on scene that responded to the accident along with five other units from various parts of the parish."
When a fourth of the card skimmers found in Louisiana were recently analyzed, it...
Hahnville rolled to its fourth straight win Friday night as it rolled past Central...
In her ninth year as counselor at St. Rose Elementary School, Denise Peinado knew...
A Luling man was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the oral sexual battery of a...
Victor Pablo, the Edgard man who was charged during the summer for making...
Earlier this year, Duke Rousse of Destrehan received a phone call — and potentially...
Over 25 Years of Quality Sales, Service and Repairs on YAMAHA, MERCURY, EVINRUDE and JOHNSON Motors.
St. Charles friends make funkadelic hit on N.O. scene - 2078 views
Playing Jazz Fest is the dream gig for Noisewater, but in the meantime this funkadelic band with members from St. Rose and Luling is making a noise on the New Orleans music scene.