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September 20, 2011

NEW: Natural gas rig explodes near Watonga

WATONGA — See video here

Authorities say an oil rig explosion that lit up the night sky near Watonga in Blaine County forced the evacuation of several homes but did not cause any reported injuries.

The rig, Moseley 1-5H, is owned by Patterson Drilling and was contracted by Enid's Continental Resources to drill in the Anadarko Woodford formation.

Blaine County Sheriff’s dispatcher C.J. Woulard says the fire caused by the Monday night explosion at theis still burning. Brian Engel, spokesman for Continental Resources Inc. said Wild Well Control is enroute to fight the fire; however leaving the rig to burn is the "safest course to take" at the moment.

County Sheriff Ricky Ainsworth said that homes within a two-mile radius were evacuated. Some of those residents are reportedly returning to their homes Tuesday morning.

Engel said the incident has been reported to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.


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