Oil well explosion puts five workers in hospital with burns

WAYNESBORO — Five workers have been injured in an explosion at an oil well near Waynesboro.

Sean Dunlap, spokesman for Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, says the workers suffered burns. He did not know the extent of their injuries. They were taken to Wayne General Hospital in Waynesboro.

Dunlap says the explosion caused a small fire, which emergency responders quickly put out.

He says the explosion also damaged a pickup truck and a portable petroleum-chemical storage tank.

Mosbacher Energy Company, based in Houston, Texas, operates the oil well.

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality workers are now inspecting the site.

Dunlap says there are about 12 homes in a two-mile radius near the oil field. None of these residences needed to be evacuated.

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