April 3, 2018 — An oil rig that caught fire and exploded in Wewoka, Oklahoma has injured 2 workers.
The explosion occurred at around 4 p.m. on Monday, April 2, as the workers were installing an oil and gas pumping unit near Highway 56.
One of the workers was seriously injured and evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City. The other worker suffered minor injuries and was treated locally, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s office.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Fire Chief Kevin Green confirmed that a motor backfired and ignited natural gas.
The oil rig was still burning off natural gas 24 hours later, although the fire is under control.
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