BREAKING: Huge EXPLOSION Overnight Leaves Multiple Injured In This State…. This Is INSANE!

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An oil and gas platform exploded on a lake in Louisiana last night leaving 7 people injured, 3 of them in critical condition. 

Authorities are searching for one missing person by air and sea.


Rescue boats have dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting with rescue efforts, Fox News reports.

Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services said that the two individuals brought in are in stable condition but the other five brought to the University Medical Center are in critical condition with “blast type injuries and burns,” The Times-Picayune reported.

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

“At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something,” Love said. “I had no idea what was happening.”

Roger Fernandez said the explosion “shook me out of my couch.”

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

The Clovelly Oil Co. platform exploded Sunday night while maintenance was being done on the structure, sending a fireball high into the night sky, authorities and company officials said. The Kenner government Facebook page said authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals had ignited on the structure, but the company said the cause of the blast was unknown. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said the cause remained under investigation, ABC reported.

Oil rig explosion leaves at least 7 injured in Louisiana

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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. Clovelly does not know if any oil was released into the lake.

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



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