Two Workers Injured in Texas Oil Well Explosion


An oil well explosion resulted in two injuries Thursday afternoon in Karnes County.

The explosion happened around 12:30 p.m. at FM 887 and Highway 229, two miles Northeast of Falls City.

Officials on the scene said crews working on the 25-year-old well created a spark, which ignited gas coming out of the well, starting a fire.

Two workers working near the well were burned. One was Airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center, another was taken to an area hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Firefighters from Karnes City and Falls City worked to put out the flames, which did not spread beyond the well.

Between five and six workers belonging to a contract crew out of Giddings, Texas, were working on the well, which is owned by Amerril Energy, when the fire started. None of the other workers were injured.

Karnes County Sheriff's officials evacuated people living within a mile of the well. As of Thursday afternoon, those people had been allowed to return home.

The well is considered a total loss and Amerril officials said a truck that was next to the well also burned. It too is considered a total loss.

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