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Oil rig explosion in Oklahoma forces evacuations

September 20, 2011
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WATONGA, Okla. — An oil rig exploded Monday night in Watonga, Okla., forcing workers to take safe cover and several families to evacuate their homes, NewsOn6.com reported

The blast occurred around 10 p.m. about 80 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. No injuries were reported.

Evacuated families were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday morning, although the oil rig continued to burn.

“There were several houses around the rig itself we had to evacuate and got good cooperation from everybody doing that. Then we moved our perimeter about two miles and started evacuating more homes,” Blaine County Sheriff Ricky Ainsworth said.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
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