Reportedly, an Oklahoma natural gas drilling rig exploded near the town of Watonga last night. The drilling rig has around-the-clock workers and about a dozen workers were working at the time of the explosion, but they were reported to have evacuated right before it. The explosion occurred at about 10:30pm local time.
About two dozen homes were evacuated and two dozen firefighters “are working to contain the blaze and evacuate homes until oil company representatives can arrive to extinguish the blaze,” according to NewsOK. As you can see from the video above, the initial flames were pretty high.
At about 5:00 am today, it was reported that most of the evacuated families were allowed to return to their homes. Luckily, no one was severely affected by this explosion.
The companies involved in the explosion are Continental Resources and Patterson Drilling.
Can’t imagine something like this happening with a wind turbine or solar power plant, can you?