Five missing after gas well explosion near Quinton

Oil rig explosion in Quinton

Pittsburg County officials report five people are missing after an oil and natural gas drilling rig explosion near Quinton, in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris tells the McAlester News-Capital that "most everybody" was taken off the site to a safe location following the explosion Monday morning. More than one worker was transported to hospital, and 5 workers are missing.

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD shows the heat from the fire eventually caused the derrick to collapse, and several fires were burning at the site.

A spokeswoman for the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office said she could not confirm whether there were any injuries or fatalities.

Cain said state environmental and regulatory officials have been notified and were heading to the scene.

The scene needs to be secured before emergency responders can search, he said. Telephone and email messages left with Red Mountain were not immediately returned. The explosion sparked flames that shot up 50 feet in the air just before 9:00 AM Central time in Pittsburg County, reported KOTV. "That's why we pulled everyone back out, because we're still continuing to have secondary explosions".

The new well is owned by Red Mountain Energy and drilled by Patterson-UTI Energy, said Enloe.

To OCC knowledge, they do not believe the OCC has handled anything with this company before.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission sent workers to check on potential pollution.

A viewer who lives nearby says that the explosion happened on a rig in off Bascum road.

"Pretty much everything that is on location is on fire", Enloe said, adding that personnel had surrounded the fire but were letting it burn itself out, while company officials figured out how to cap the well and stop the source of fuel for the fire.

2 Works For You has a crew on the way to the scene and will bring you the latest information as we learn it.



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