Oil production platform explodes, on fire offshore Louisiana

US Coast Guard officials said an oil production platform offshore Louisiana had exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, Associated Press reported Nov. 16.

Four people were sent to hospitals while two others were believed to be missing, AP reported.

The platform is reported to be about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., and is believed to be owned by Houston-based independent Black Elk Energy, AP stated.

Neither the US Coast Guard nor Black Elk Energy could be immediately reached for comment.

There was no word of any oil that spilled from the platform, AP reported.

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