Earlier this week, seven people were hospitalized after an explosion at what was believed to at first have been an oil rig, later discovered as a natural gas storage platform in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. One remains missing.
As stated in the NBC News article, four of the seven people injured in the explosion were released from hospitals on Monday, October 16th. Rescue workers were able to make it onto the smoldering rig and shut off the main gas line.
The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, officials say. In the aftermath, they said they “suspect it was touched off after cleaning chemicals on the platform ignited during some kind of maintenance work.”
While emergency situations often occur unexpectedly, there are methods that can be put in place to lower the risk of an event’s occurrence.