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Arkansas oilfield explosion kills three

28 May 2012

Three men were killed on May 21 north of El Dorado, Arkansas, while dismantling an abandoned containment vessel for petroleum at an old oil well site. The workers, employed by Long Brothers Oil Company of Norphlet, were burned when a spark apparently ignited residual oil vapour in the vessel.

The blast comes almost a week after a massive explosion at the El Dorado Chemical facility north of El Dorado, which caused extensive damage to the plant, which makes ingredients for fertiliser.

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