One hurt in Ok­la­homa oil-field blast

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — At least one per­son was hurt Thurs­day in an oil-field ex­plo­sion in eastern Ok­la­homa, au­thor­i­ties say.

The Ok­la­homa High­way Pa­trol said the ex­plo­sion hap­pened near Quin­ton in Pitts­burg County, about 100 miles south­east of Tulsa. Troop­ers were called to as­sist the county sher­iff’s of­fice about 12:30 p.m.

The in­jured per­son was taken to a hospi­tal, the high­way pa­trol told tele­vi­sion sta­tion KTUL.

The con­di­tion of the in­jured per­son was not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Ini­tial re­ports had sug­gested nu­mer­ous peo­ple were hurt.

Quin­ton po­lice told KTUL the head blew off a gas well.

The Pitts­burg County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice also told KTUL that mul­ti­ple vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments con­verged on the site. The sta­tion re­ported that emer­gency man­age­ment crews and the county sher­iff ’s of­fice also were on the scene.

A state route in the area that had been closed to traf­fic was re­opened later in the af­ter­noon.

An act al­low­ing staff mem­bers of pub­lic col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to take con­cealed hand­guns onto cam­pus with a proper per­mit, un­less the board of their in­sti­tu­tion adopted a pol­icy stat­ing oth­er­wise, was passed by the state Leg­is­la­ture in 2013. An ar­ti­cle Thurs­day mis­stated the year that law went into ef­fect.

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