Multiple injured after oil rig explodes in Louisiana

Several injuries have been reported Sunday night after an oil rig in Louisiana exploded.

At least six people have confirmed injuries from an oil rig explosion in Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune.

McGregor said that while many of the injuries are serious, no one has died.

A reporter with The New Orleans Advocate tweeted that of the seven people aboard the oil rig tonight, six have been taken to hospitals and one remains “unaccounted for.”

Officials from the St. Charles Parish wrote on Facebook that “The Emergency Operations Center is aware that an oil platform is currently on fire in Lake Pontchartrain and that it caused the loud sound earlier tonight. Officials are responding.”

The U.S. Coast Guard is also responding, according to a Facebook post from the Jefferson Parish.

Rescue boats are being dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are actively assisting with rescue efforts, The Times-Picayune reported.

The rig, according to The New Orleans Advocate, is operated by CLOVELLY Oil.

Lake Pontchartrain is roughly a 30-minute drive north of North Orleans.


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