Category: Media & Culture / July 24, 2013 1:53 PM EDT
Aerial footage reveals the shocking moments after a shallow rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana caught fire after natural gas flowing raptured and ignited. The video shows the smoke that rapidly flows into the air just south of the coast of Louisiana.
Forty four people were safely evacuated from the rig which is owned by Hercules Offshore. There the company was allegedly drilling to prepare the Water Oil and Gas well for production. The company also said on Wednesday they were working to plug the well but did not know the extent of the damage.
The cause of the fire has not been identified as a full investigation is now underway.
Video Courtesy Of Reuters