Zach Green of Hammond, La, Killed in Williams Olefins Explosion, Laid to Rest Yesterday

One of the victims of the Louisiana Plant Explosion in Giesmar, Louisiana, 29 year-old Zach Green of Hammond, Louisiana, was laid to rest yesterday. Zach Green had a “heart of gold” according to his friends. “Zachary was very energetic,” Giovingo said. “He had a heart of gold. He loved, loved, loved his sister Holly…He would do anything for friends and family. He was one of those rare gems that God had blessed you with.”

At least 77 others were injured in the blast, and Williams Olefins explosion victims have been sent to burn units in Baton Rouge and Gonzales for burn care. It’s unclear what caused the explosion and subsequent fire, but the plant manufactures propylene and ethylene, chemicals that are highly flammable.

Giovingo said Green’s family has struggled with workplace accidents before – Green’s father was killed in a “tragic offshore accident,” 18 years ago, she said. His stepfather is currently in South Korea, and he is also an offshore worker, she said.

Louisiana State Police has confirmed that Green, who was 29-years-old and living in Hammond when he died, was working for Williams Olefins before the explosion. It was unclear how long he had been with the company or what his position was.

Along with his sister, Green leaves behind his mother, his brother Nicholas, his wife Emily and a young daughter, Giovingo said.

Green was a “wildcard,” recalled Niko Imbraguglio, who had been friends with him since first grade. The two played soccer together for years and attended public schools in Ponchatoula together, graduating from Ponchatoula High School.

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