On the morning of June 13, 2013, a massive explosion rocked Geismar, La. As many as 600 workers were at the Williams Geismar Olefins chemical facility when an explosion occurred just after 8:30 a.m. Two employees died and another 167 reported injuries, many of them serious. The explosion started a large fire, and people as far away as 2 miles were ordered to shelter in place.