Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Three killed in oil well blast‎, Arkansas

THREE men were killed today when a battery they were taking apart exploded at an abandoned oil well in El Dorado, Arkansas.

The workers from the Long Brothers Oil Company were killed when oil vapours inside the well ignited as they were dismantling the battery about 4pm local time, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Officials said they were not sure what had caused the vapours to ignite at the abandoned site.

Arkansas Emergency Management spokesman Chad Stover told CNN that, "All three were killed. They were burned beyond recognition".

There were no other injuries and the coroner was on the scene working to identify those killed and notify next of kin. Source