5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion, emergency official says

5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion, emergency official says

5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion, emergency official says

Five of the 22 workers at the site are still listed as missing, said Kevin Enloe, director of the Emergency Management Department.

County Sheriff Chris Morris said, "Most everybody was taken off the site and taken to a secure site here in Quinton", according to the Associated Press.

Morris says he can't confirm any injuries or fatalities from the blast.

Part of the rig collapsed in the explosion.

"It's a pretty dramatic deal to go through", he said. Enloe reports that there are no further evacuations needed, and it will be a very long process once the fire stops burning - the well will be contained and clean up will commence. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

The rig, near the small city of Quinton in eastern Oklahoma, exploded at approximately 8:45 am, officials said at a news conference. "That's why we pulled everyone back out, because we're still continuing to have secondary explosions".

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Several agencies responded to the incident - including multiple fire departments and water tankers, the sheriff offices and emergency management offices from Pittsburg and Haskell counties, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Quinton Police Department.

Officials say that nitrous oxide is leaking. He said the company was permitted to drill a horizontal natural gas well at the location and added that OCC's records show the company was still drilling the vertical leg.

Fire crews were also searching woods for anyone that may have run from the scene.

The rig is owned by oil drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., employees confirmed. We will provide more details as they are known.

A primary explosion on one well head led to fires on three wells in last year's well incident, but Enloe said the two events had different circumstances.

Enloe said the crews will work to contain the fire and the well before state corporation commissioner and clean up companies get involved.

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