Sasol flare is still burning - FOX29 Lake Charles

Sasol flare is still burning

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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

It's still burning - the flare at Sasol that grabbed so much attention Thursday night when it lit up the night sky- is still going.

And Friday, there's continued concern for residents in Westlake.

For those living in the area for decades, they say the length of time the flaring has carried on is highly unusual - but the after-effects are even more worrisome.

On Elizabeth Street, several residents reached out to KPLC regarding the rumblings, strong odors, even burning sensations.

"The whole area in here was lit up last night somewhere around 12 o'clock and I run out here to look and see what was going on and my eyes started burning, my mouth started burning. I still feel it around my eyes, had to run inside my house," said John Herbert Peshoff, a resident on Elizabeth Street.

Many of the long term residents say flaring for this length of time is unusual but Sasol says otherwise.

In a statement issued Friday, the company said:

"Sasol's Lake Charles Chemical Complex experienced an event in our ethylene unit resulting in the use of our flaring system. There were no injuries or off-site impacts as a result of this event, and there is no need for the community to take any action. There will likely be intermittent flaring for the next several hours. Flares are safety devices that allow us to safely burn off product. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we are taking steps to minimize the flaring."

But some residents feel there's more to it. KPLC's Erica Bivens also reached out to DEQ to see if they're investigating and will have the full report at 10 p.m. on 7 News Nightcast.

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