Oil Platform Explodes in the Gulf of Mexico

Four people killed and dozens injured when a ball of fire erupts on off-shore oil platform.
1:34 | 04/02/15

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And we begin with the breaking news. Those images coming in from the gulf of Mexico tonight. A ball of fire as an oil platform explodes offshore, workers jumping into the gulf to save their lives. One survivor saying, there was nothing to do but run. At least four people killed, dozens injured. Hundreds evacuated. This fire comes just as we approach the five-year anniversary of the BP disaster. And ABC's Matt Gutman leads us off. Reporter: The inferno lighting up the gulf of Mexico tonight. The fireball sometimes blinding. Survivors of the blast saying they took these cell phone videos. This man describing the fire as huge. "We couldn't do anything but run away." Many men leaping into the water. Mexican authorities said the blast and flames have killed at least four, dozens more were hurt and about 300 evacuated. Pemex, the Mexican oil authority, said cruise ship-sized firefighting boats have been dousing the flames since dawn. Those giant arcs of water apparently doing little. The oil authority did not say how the fire broke out on what it called a processing platform, and said it was not pumping directly from the seabed. The blast, just days before the fifth anniversary of the deepwater horizon blast, the pictures of those skyscraper sized pillars of fire eerily similar. Mexican oil authorities insist that burning platform is not attached to the seabed. But they refused to comment when we asked them whether or not this could cause another oil spill. David? Matt Gutman tonight.

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