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One Person Missing, Seven Injured After Rig Explodes on Lake Pontchartrain

17 October 2017, 12:44 | Katrina Lee

Oil rig explodes in Louisiana lake Sunday night

BREAKING NEWS: One person missing and at least seven injured after oil rig explodes in a Louisiana lake

Clovelly Oil Co. owns the platform that is in production, said Taylor Darden, a lawyer for the company who is listed as its registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Rescuers were searching for one person after an oil rig exploded on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, injuring seven others.

The Kenner Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office say the explosion happened around 7:30 pm local time.

The platform, which is a storage and transfer structure for oil wells on the lake, was still burning, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said at a press conference late Sunday.

Kenner police are reporting several injuries tonight, but we have yet to receive additional information about the extent of those injuries.

Officials said one person was believed to be unaccounted for. "Search and rescue was conducted throughout the night, and [Monday] morning we were able to learn more about what happened on that rig.We certainly have the families of the victims in our thoughts during this hard time".

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".

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Kenner city officials said authorities at the scene reported that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform, causing the blast Sunday night.

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

CBS affiliate WWL-TV reported that the Coast Guard New Orleans Division sent a small boat and helicopter to the scene.

The explosion was in Jefferson Parish water, but the rig itself is located in unincorporated Jefferson Parish.

Lake Pontchartrain is north of New Orleans.

Jefferson Parish's water supply comes from the Mississippi River and no drinking water comes from Lake Pontchartrain, Yenni said.



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