At least 7 people injured in oil rig explosion in Kenner

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

A Louisiana police department says an oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish.

WWLTV in New Orleans reported that Jefferson Parish officials said the explosion occurred around 7:20 p.m.

And although nobody has yet died, police officials on scene say numerous injuries were serious. No deaths had been reported.

CBS affiliate WWL-TV reported that the Coast Guard New Orleans Division sent a small boat and helicopter to the scene. The platform is a production platform called a co-mingling facility where they draw oil from several different oil fields.

"We believe there is still one unaccounted for", Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said.

Authorities acknowledged there was a possibility that the fire meant oil could be leaking into the lake, but noted that Jefferson Parish drinking water will remain safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.

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The East Bank Consolidated Fire Department said its primary goal was to stop the oil flow or let it burn off. Authorities are yet to determine the cause of the incident.

WWL is also reporting that according to government officials, cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the platform.

According to the New Orleans Advocate media outlet, the explosion took place late on Sunday.

'Several people have been rescued from the rig.

Stacy Oddo, was in her home near East Jefferson Hospital on Sunday evening when she said she hear the explosion.

Andrew Love, who lives about 10 blocks away from the explosion, told The Times-Picayune that his "house actually shook".

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