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In the United States, a powerful explosion occurred

In the United States, a powerful explosion occurred”

The U.S. Coast Guard resumed its search for one missing worker after an oil rig exploded in Louisiana Sunday night leaving three in critical condition.

The state Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office and Bayou Gauche Fire Department also responded.

Kenner police say there were "a lot of injuries", but no fatalities have been reported.

Officials said one person was believed to be unaccounted for. We do know that seven crew members were rescued from the rig and taken to the hospital.

Reports indicate the explosion happened around 7pm Sunday night.

Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris said in a news release that reports came into the Emergency Operations center around 7:15 p.m. of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain.

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And while the fire department in Jefferson Parish attempted to contain the damage, authorities acknowledged oil could now be leaking into the lake. He said the department's current goal is to stop oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise on Sunday evening that even rattled some homes.

We're told the explosion could be heard as far away as Hahnville and Destrehan. The platform, in an unincorporated area of Jefferson Parish, "does service both oil and natural gas", according to authorities. "At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening".

CBS affiliate WWL-TV reported that the Coast Guard New Orleans Division sent a small boat and helicopter to the scene.

Jefferson Parish's water supply comes from the Mississippi River and no drinking water comes from Lake Pontchartrain, Yenni said.

"The good news is that the platform is close to shore and Lake Pontchartrain is shallow and the lake is calm and there are no winds", said Carlton Dufrechou, director of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, at the press conference.



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