1 killed in Louisiana oil well explosion

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LONGVILLE, La. (AP) — One person was killed when an oil well exploded in southwest Louisiana over the weekend, authorities said.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the explosion near Longville on Sunday evening, according to a statement from Beauregard Parish Fire District 2. The agency said one person died in the blast.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victim.

The blaze was extinguished shortly after 6 p.m., officials said. No responders were hurt, and it was not immediately clear what caused the blaze.

Nearby resident Brenda Eddins told KPLC-TV that she looked out from her front door and saw a “big cloud of boiling oil smoke and fire.”

“I was in my house and I heard a big boom and a second boom, and then my house shook and when my house shook,” the witness added.

The sheriff’s office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Louisiana State Police HazMat were set to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.

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