Explosion hits oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain

Oil rigs explodes in Lousiana

At least seven people were injured when a large explosion on an oil rig operating in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain ignited a fire Sunday evening, authorities said. Smoke and fire were visible from the shore.

According to The (New Orleans) Advocate, citing Jefferson Parish officials, there were seven people aboard the platform. The injured were take to New Orleans, with five people taken to the University Medical Center and two others taken to East Jefferson General Hospital.

EMS officials said the five taken to University Medical Center were being treated for blast-type injuries and burns and were in critical condition. The two taken to East Jefferson were in stable condition, the Advocate reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard told the Advocate one man on the rig was not able to make it to shore after the explosion, and rescuers were searching for him.