In the United States, a powerful explosion occurred

Posted October 17, 2017

A statement from Clovelly Oil said three oil wells near the platform were shut in at the time of the explosion and its one gas well was flowing, but was successfully shut-in shortly after the explosion.

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting.

It's owned by Clovelly Oil Co. of New Orleans, which has been working the lake's oil field since the early 1970s, company spokesman Tim O'Leary said.

Kenner police say there were "a lot of injuries", but no fatalities have been reported.

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'Several people have been rescued from the rig.

Officials said that five injured men had been transported to a level one trauma center in critical condition, and two had been hospitalized in stable condition.

The rig is on fire in Kenner, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish.

Information about the victims of the explosion has not yet been reported.

Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris said in a news release that reports came into the Emergency Operations center around 7:15 p.m. of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain.

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The platform, located in Jefferson Parish, is used for the transfer of oil, said Chief David Tibbets of the East Bank Consolidated Fire Department.

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

Sheriff Joe Lopinto of Jefferson Parish said that the search of Lake Pontchartrain would continue for "as long as it takes".

We're told the explosion could be heard as far away as Hahnville and Destrehan.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation as well as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

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