[VIDEO] Watch The Calcasieu Refining Plant Explosion In Lake Charles, Louisiana
LAKE CHARLES, LA: See the moment lightning struck a container at the Calcasieu Refining Plant and caused a massive explosion.
After the blast, a shelter-in-place was issued for 1.5 miles around the plant and was eventually extended to a 5-mile radius.
The plant's refined products include liquid propane gas, naphtha, kerosene, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and heavy vacuum gas oil.
It was a normal day at the Calcasieu Refining on Saturday, June 3rd, however, a storm was rolling in.
Later that day a lightning bolt struck a large tank containing 46,000 barrels of naphtha, an extremely flammable hydrocarbon product.
It caused a massive explosion incinerating the container within seconds.
The intense fire raged as the fight was on to extinguish the hellish blaze.
Checkout the CCTV video below of the lightning strike and explosion: