Columbian Chemicals Plant Explosion Hoax

Columbian Chemicals Plant Explosion Hoax

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Added Sep 11, 2014 at 04:32PM EDT by Molly Horan.

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Columbian Chemicals Plant Explosion Hoax refers to a rumor that Birla Carbon's Columbian Chemicals plant located in Centerville, Louisiana had suffered an explosion on September 11th, 2014. The rumor began when citizens of a neighboring town was sent a text alert, then spread online.

Origin

On September 11th, 2014, citizens in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana,[4] located near Centerville, Louisana, the location of Birla Carbon's Columbian Chemicals Plant, received a text message warning them the plant has suffered an explosion.

Also on September 11th, at 8:01 AM PST, Twitter user digrinzburg[2] introduced the hashtag #ColumbianChemicals without explanation. In less than 24 hours the hashtag[3] was tweeted out over 31,000 times.

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On September 11th, YouTuber Amy Foster[5] uploaded a video titled "Panic due to the explosion on on a Columbian Chemicals facility in Louisiana" which features a short video of an ambulance on the highway. The same day YouTuber Eric Wood[6] uploaded a video titled "Flash from an explosion on a Columbian Chemicals facility in Louisiana" which shows a flash in a gas station.



Hoax Confirmation

On September 11th, local news station KATC[1] published Birla Carbon's Columbian Chemicals Plant's official statement confirming the explosion was a hoax which read:

"We have been informed by the community that a text message has been received by several individuals indicating a release of toxic gas from the Birla Carbon's Columbian Chemicals Plant near Centerville, Louisiana. The content as stated by the text message is not true. There has been no release of such toxic gas, explosion or any other incident in our facility. We are not aware of the origin of this text message. Law enforcement authorities have been contacted and are following up on this matter."


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Taira
Taira

Herd mentality I believe it's called?

Now we're gonna have a bunch of people who think chemicals are bad and we should get rid of them. FUN FACT: YOU'RE MADE OF CHEMICALS. EVERYTHING IS. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MATTER.

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Dralemeres
Dralemeres

in reply to Taira

Have you heard of the dangerous chemical dihydrogen monoxide?

I hear the hundreds of people die from over exposure to it every year. And apparently, it is in almost every food and drink out there! Not only that, it is commonly used as a cleansing agent.

We should ban dihydrogen monoxide.

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