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UPDATE: Coast Guard Says No Oil Leaking From Rig

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UPDATE: The Coast Guard says no oil is leaking from a Gulf of Mexico oil platform damaged by an explosion and fire today.
    
The blast took place as workers used a cutting torch. Four people were sent to a hospital with burns, and two others are missing in waters of Louisiana.
    
A small amount of oil spilled from the rig when workers cut into a line on the platform, but the Coast Guard says it can be contained.
    
Coast Guard aircraft and boats are searching for the two missing people.
    
The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

UPDATE: Coast Guard officials say an oil rig fire has been out after an explosion off the coast of Louisiana that sent four people to hospitals. Two others were believed to be missing.
    
Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said four people were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center near New Orleans.
    
Coast Guard aircraft and boats are searching for two missing people.
    
The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.
    
There was no immediate word if any oil had spilled from the platform.

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WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (AP) - Coast Guard officials say an oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals. Two are believed to be missing.
    
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.
    
The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.
    
Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area on Friday. He did not know if the fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet.
    
The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday's reported explosion.

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