30 people have been reported injured by an explosion at a chemical factory in the town of Geismar in the American state of Louisiana.
Associated Press reports that those injured were taken to hospital after the incident which took place on Thursday morning (local time).
The chemical plant is operated by The Williams Cos. Inc.
The company said in a statement that its focus is on the safety and well-being of employees, contractors and the local community.
It added that emergency shut-down valves have been closed and the unit is isolated.
The company is in the process of accounting for all personnel. The number and extent of injuries sustained in the explosion is not yet known.