On early Monday, a drilling rig exploded in Oklahoma just west of Quinton
and about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa. According to the Pittsburg County
Emergency Manager Director, three medical helicopters were sent to the
site in the aftermath of the explosion.
He went on to state that five people were currently missing.
Aerial footage from the area showed that there are multiple fires still
burning around noon on Monday and that the derrick had collapsed. Multiple
first responders are working to control the blaze.
The Pittsburg County Sheriff stated there were 20+ employees there at the
time of the explosion. He confirmed that almost everyone was taken away
and to a secure site in Quinton, OK.
He could not confirm whether or not there were fatalities or injuries.
Environmental and regulatory officials from the state have been notified
and sent to the scene. Several agencies also responded to the blast, including
fire departments, water tankers, the sheriff offices, emergency management
offices, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Quinton Police Department.
The drilling site was operated for Red Mountain Energy, an Oklahoma based
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