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Breaking News: Rig Explodes in the Gulf

Breaking news: another rig has exploded in the Gulf. Deja vu all over again?

The AP reports that an offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the Deepwater Horizon.

The blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. this morning. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats are en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.

It's unclear whether the structure is a production platform or a drilling rig or whether workers were aboard.

We'll keep you updated as we find out more.


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