Party cancelled

Sorry folks, but the necessary supplies for tonight’s shindig will not arrive in time. We’ll have to postpone.

WESTWEGO (AP) – A 790-foot tanker struck a Mississippi River pier today causing a chemical spill.

The Coast Guard says the accident apparently caused an undetermined amount of caustic soda to spill from pipes at the pier. Contractor cleanup crews have responded to the spill.

The tanker, the Tsunami, struck the pier before noon at Westwego, across the river from New Orleans. The Coast Guard says the ship was carrying caustic soda, molasses and lube oil.

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