Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Emergency Official: 5 Missing after Oklahoma Rig Explosion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Emergency Official: 5 Missing after Oklahoma Rig Explosion

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QUINTON, Okla. * Five people were missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig on Monday, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said.

More than 20 employees were at the natural gas well site when the blast was reported around 8:45 a.m., Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said. Fires burned until Monday night on the rig and other equipment; the derrick, a towering metal structure above the well, collapsed onto the ground.

Emergency crews were pulled away after other explosions at the site, where several tanks are also located, Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said during an afternoon news conference. …

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