We've got good news for all of our friends who have been evacuated in New Iberia. Here's the press release from the Louisiana State Police:

Crews working at the haz-mat fire have extinguished the fire and have determined it is safe for people to return to the area.  Currently, Louisiana State Police, in conjunction with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, will be allowing residents to return to their homes, and businesses in a controlled manner to ensure public safety.

Anyone wishing to return to their home is asked to take Admiral Doyle (from the south side) to LA 3212 a deputy will direct them to the Sugarena for further instructions. State police ask that you bring photo identification with you, if you are returning home.  Residence will be escorted to their home, or business, where the air quality will be monitored.  Once the home, or business, is deemed safe they will be allowed to enter.  This phased re-entry plan will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

This process will take some time and we are asking people to be patient as crews escort people back into the area.  Safety is our number one priority and we want to make sure there is no home, or business, left unchecked.

The cause for the explosion remains under investigation.

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