April 3, 2018 — Two workers were injured when an oil rig caught on fire and exploded in Wewoka, Oklahoma near Highway 56.
One of the injured workers was evacuated by a medical helicopter and hospitalized in Oklahoma City, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s office. The other worker was treated locally for minor injuries.
The explosion occurred at about 4 p.m. on Monday, April 2, while an oil and gas pumping unit was being installed.
Fire Chief Kevin Green confirmed that a motor backfired and ignited natural gas.
Officials also confirmed that the oil rig was still on fire more than 24 hours later, burning off natural gas. The fire is under control and the cause of the explosion is under investigation.
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