In the US state of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on an oil drilling platform on Lake Ponchartrain, a local police spokesman told the local newspaper The Times-Picayune. Rescue boats were sent to the scene, he added.
According to the deputy head of the Jefferson County administration, as a result of the incident seven people were injured. Five victims were taken to a medical center at the university, and two others to a hospital in Jefferson County.
The operator of the drilling platform is the company Clovelly Oil, the newspaper notes.