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Drilling Rig Explosion in Oklahoma Leaves 5 Missing

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Jan-2018

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 exploration company.

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