Oil platform explodes on Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner

KENNER, La. — The Coast Guard and Kenner police are busy investigating an oil rig explosion near the Treasure Chest Casino.

Reports indicate the explosion happened around 7pm Sunday night.

Kenner police are reporting several injuries tonight, but we have yet to receive additional information about the extent of those injuries. We do know that seven crew members were rescued from the rig and taken to the hospital.

Many jurisdictions are working together as the investigation remains ongoing.

Police are not releasing the names of any of the victims at this time, but so far there are no reports of any fatalities.

We’re told the explosion could be heard as far away as Hahnville and Destrehan.

Check back to WGNO.com for updates.