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Lake Pontchartrain oil platform fire extinguished; search continues for missing worker

17 October 2017, 12:43 | Floyd Cook

Oil rig explodes in Kenner Courtesy Roger Fernandez

Oil rig explodes in Kenner  Courtesy Roger Fernandez

Local authorities are performing a search and rescue for one person still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain.

The fire at an oil storage platform that ignited Sunday night (Oct. 15) in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, injuring seven workers and leaving another missing, has been extinguished, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The representative of the police Department of the city of Kenner Brian McGregor said that it is only the confirmed number of casualties, but their number may increase. The Coast Guard New Orleans Division says they have a small boat and helicopter on site.

Officials said Jefferson Parish drinking water will remain safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River. "We are treating it as having one person unaccounted for and treating it as a search and rescue".

The accident injured seven people.

And while the fire department in Jefferson Parish attempted to contain the damage, authorities acknowledged oil could now be leaking into the lake.

Mike Guillot, director of emergency medical services at East Jefferson General Hospital, said five of the victims were brought to the trauma center with "blast type injuries and burns".

But arson investigators will determine the cause of the explosion after the fire has burned out, reports WWL.

Andrew Love, 32, told the newspaper he was inside his house about 10 blocks away when he heard the explosion.

The explosion was in Jefferson Parish water, but the rig itself is located in unincorporated Jefferson Parish. "At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening".

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

A statement from the New Orleans company says a natural gas well was feeding the tank at the time of the explosion, which occurred during maintenance.

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