Gas well explosion injures workers in Louisiana

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Gas well explosion injures workers in Louisiana

An explosion at a Louisiana natural-gas well on the Gulf of Mexico sent at least four workers to the hospital, local media reports said.

The workers were trying to plug a well in Belle Isle Field when a spark ignited gas on Tuesday afternoon, WGNO in New Orleans reported.

“The workers are receiving medical treatment and crews are on the scene to protect the environment and bring the well under control,” a statement from Texas Petroleum Investment Company said, according to the station.

The station reported that a natural gas leak started at the location Sunday and contractors were called in to seal the well. Those who were hurt had burns on their faces and hands, WGNO reported.

Acadian Ambulance tweeted that it had responded to the fire with four helicopters and five ground units. Two people were sent to the hospital by air and two by ground, Acadian said.

Four people refused treatment for their injuries, TV station KATC reported.



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