One killed in Union Parish explosion

An explosion and fire in Union Parish has caused one death with four other victims hospitalized, according to Sheriff Dusty Gates. The incident occurred at an oil well site on Louisiana Highway 15 near Johnson Road Tuesday morning.

Names of those involved have not been released.

The incident closed LA 15 from Foster Farms to Owl Creek Road for several hours while emergency responders were at the scene.

The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office said its deputies, along with Pafford EMS, the Union Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, and Farmerville Police and Fire responded to the scene.

The highway was reopened about 10 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office will provide more information after further investigation.