September 2nd, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Production platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico

CNN Wire Staff

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(CNN) - A production platform has exploded 80 miles off the central coast of Louisiana, with 13 people overboard, including one injured, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

All 13 people have been accounted for, said Petty Officer Bill Colclough of the Coast Guard. All are headed to a hospital in Terrebonne Parish, he said.

Colclough told CNN that authorities are trying to determine the cause of the blast, and that the platform apparently is still on fire. Asked whether a leak has resulted from the explosion, he said the structure "was not actively producing any product."

"We do not know if there are any additional concerns of pollution," Colclough said.

He said Coast Guard helicopters and cutters are en route to the scene.

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Updated: 12:38 p.m.

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