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Large Chemical Plant Explosion at LaSalle Chemical Plant

Published on Jan 11, 2023 at 3:07 pm in Work Accidents.

An explosion occurred at a chemical manufacturing plant in LaSalle, IL early on Jan. 11, 2023, causing a massive fire and the release of at least one dangerous substance into the environment. Carus, a global supplier of products used for air purification, soil remediation, and the treatment of water and wastewater, says that the explosion occurred in a shipping container that was located at the facility. It is currently unclear what was inside the shipping container at the time of the explosion.

Nearby residents reported hearing multiple loud explosions as black smoke began to fill the air. Local authorities issued a shelter in place order, affecting people in their homes, at work, and at the nearby LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

LaSalle Residents at Risk for Exposure to a Toxic Substance

The explosion and subsequent fire released an oxidizer into the nearby environment, including on and around people’s homes and vehicles. Appearing as a green substance, oxidizers are toxic to human health. The effects of being exposed to an oxidizer will vary depending on the amount and method of exposure (such as inhalation or through skin contact), but even limited exposure can cause chemical pulmonary edema, a fatal health complication.

Local officials have cautioned that oxidizers can be deactivated with a specific mixture of water, peroxide, and vinegar in a 1:1:1 ratio, but with residents sheltering in place, it is unlikely that many will have access to the needed materials. Attempting to deactivate a toxic oxidizer can also be dangerous, putting people in harm’s way even as they attempt to limit their health risks.

Recent updates from LaSalle authorities indicate that no deaths or injuries have been reported. However, the number of those injured is often unclear in the early stages of an emergency situation. Smoke inhalation and exposure to toxic substances released during the explosion may also result in illnesses and injuries that develop over time, requiring regular monitoring from a health care professional.

We Are Tireless Legal Advocates for Victims of Explosions and Fires

The lawyers of Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP are familiar with the devastating impact of chemical explosions. Attorney Michael S. Krzak is currently representing a family who lost two loved ones in a LaSalle home propane explosion. He is also providing legal representation to the victim of a recent methane explosion in Gardner, IL.

The long-term impact of the LaSalle Carus chemical plant explosion is still yet to be seen. However, know that no matter what happens, you and your family are not alone. Our personal injury law firm is dedicated to advocating for those who have been harmed through no fault of their own.

For an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a personal injury lawyer who cares and has experience handling these situations, please contact our law office. We’ll schedule you for a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience.

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