Oil Rig Explosion in Louisiana Leaves at Least 7 People Injured

Lousiana

October 15, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) - The New Orleans Division of the Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to an oil rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, numerous sources are reporting.

Kenner Police Department spokesman Brian McGregor said that there were "a lot of injuries", with at least six confirmed and more expected. The five who were brought to UMC "have blast type injuries and burns" and are in critical condition, he said, and the two at East Jefferson are stable.

WWL-TV reported that the U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in rescue efforts with a helicopter and small boat.

A look at an oil rig explosion in Louisiana on Sun., Oct. 15, 2017. Six people are reported injured, and there have been no fatalities reported yet.

"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. As of now, several people have been rescued from the active fire on the rig and transported to the hospital.

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Witnesses said they heard a large explosion around 7:45pm local time.

Jefferson Parish Fire officials said the explosion happened northwest of the Treasure Chest Casino.

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

The Coast Guard and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will both conduct water quality evaluations, according to a press release from Jefferson Parish.

The Kenner Fire Department, Kenner Police Department, Eastbay Consolidated Fire Department, US Coast Guard and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department all assisted in responding to the incident.

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