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Oil rig explodes near New Orleans, multiple injuries reported

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Staff Writer | October 16, 2017
Lake Pontchartrain
Disaster   Search and rescue operations

An oil rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday evening near St. Charles Parish and north Kenner, according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor.

Seven people were injured in the explosion, according to Kenner Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Kriss Fortunato, and authorities believe an eighth person is still missing, reported.

Search and rescue operations were ongoing Sunday at about 10:15 p.m. Rescue boats are being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch at the end of Williams Boulevard, McGregor said, and authorities asked that residents avoid the area as much as possible.

Five of those injured were taken to the University Medical Center and two to East Jefferson General Hospital, according to Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services.

The five who were brought to UMC "have blast type injuries and burns" and are in critical condition, he said, and the two at East Jefferson are stable.

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