BREAKING: LA Oil Rig Explodes in Lake Pontchartrain, w/Injuries

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Just breaking, a oil rig in Lake Pontchartrain, near North Kenner, Louisiana, has exploded. Injuries are being reported.



Several injuries have been reported Sunday night after an oil rig in Louisiana exploded >>> http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/15/louisiana-oil-rig-explodes-injuries-reported.html



McGregor said there were "a lot of injuries" with at least six confirmed and more expected. No fatalities were reported as of 8 p.m., but McGregor said many of the injuries were serious. >>> http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2017/10/kenner_oil_rig_explosion_lake.html



1 missing, 6 injured >>> http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orle...al&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 

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FROM ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/oil-rig-explodes-louisiana-lake-injuries-reported-50500411

Oil rig explodes in Louisiana lake, injuries reported
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KENNER, La. — Oct 15, 2017, 10:16 PM ET
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A Louisiana police department says an oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish.

The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats are being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting.

McGregor says there were "a lot of injuries" with at least six confirmed and more expected.

He says many of the injuries were serious. No deaths have been reported.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise on Sunday evening that even rattled some homes.

Flames could be seen from the area and the air smelled of burning rubber, according to the newspaper. Dozens of police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances were on scene.

Lake Pontchartrain is north of New Orleans.
 

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Doesn't look like this is another oil spill catastrophe. But it appears that at least 1 worker is still missing.

From ZeroHedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...n-near-new-orleans-leaves-7-injured-1-missing

"My House Shook": Oil Rig Explosion Near New Orleans Leaves 7 Injured, 1 Missing
An oil rig in Lake Pontchartrain, La. exploded Sunday night, leaving seven people injured – five of them critically – with one person still missing, NBC News reported.


Reports of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain first came in around 8:20 ET Sunday night, according to Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris. The explosion took place about a mile-and-a-half from the shore of the lake, which is located north of New Orleans. Flames could be seen from the area and the air smelled of burning rubber. The cause of the explosion remained unknown early Monday, and authorities said it was too soon to tell whether any oil had spilled. Ben Zahn, the mayor of nearby Kenner, said no homes were threatened.

First responders from St. Charles Parish, Jefferson Parish, Kenner, the US Coast Guard, East Jefferson General Hospital EMS and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries responded to the explosion. "Several people have been rescued from the active fire on the rig," Harris said.

"Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform," the City of Kenner Government posted on its Facebook page Sunday evening.

Five of the injured were taken to University Medical Center with "blast type injuries and burns" and are in critical condition. The other two are in stable condition at East Jefferson General Hospital. Search and rescue efforts were continuing as of Monday morning, ABC reported.

The Coast Guard said it was coordinating search efforts for a missing man. Meanwhile, authorities asked that residents avoid the area as much as possible as the Coast Guard said it had no further details.

Authorities said workers at the rig were cleaning a chemical on the platform when the explosion occurred.

A Facebook post from the City of Kenner Government noted that the fire ignited because of "cleaning chemicals ... on the surface of the oil rig platform," but Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto would not confirm that was the catalyst. Authorities will perform an investigation when the fire is out, he said. Flames could be seen on the lake Sunday night from the area around the Kenner boat launch, and the air smelled like burning rubber, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.

Several nearby residents told the Times-Picayune that their houses shook from the explosion.

Andrew Love, 32, said he was inside his house about 10 blocks away when he heard the explosion. "My house actually shook," he said. "At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening." Stacy Oddo, was in her home near East Jefferson Hospital on Sunday evening when she said she hear the explosion. "It was a loud "boom." I thought it was a car accident or something."

The oil platform, which is located in unincorporated Jefferson Parish, is in production and owned by Clovelly Oil Co. East Bank Consolidated Fire Department Chief David Tibbets said Sunday that the platform is used for the transfer of oil, and the department's goal currently is to stop the oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely.
 

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