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Inferno on the Gulf: Witnesses recount rig blast

• AP
Oleander Benton was chatting with a friend in the laundry when the lights went out. The other woman had just gotten up to find a maintenance person when the deep-sea oil rig shook with an ear-shattering "BANG," followed by a long, loud "hisssss." Benton's safety training kicked in. The cook hit the floor as ceiling tiles and light fixtures came crashing down on her head and back.

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