Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

This photo released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows natural gas spewing from the Hercules 265 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. No injuries were reported in the midmorning blowout and there was no fire as of Tuesday evening at the site, about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)
July 25, 2013 10:34:50 AM PDT
Officials say the fire is out at a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico that blew wild earlier in the week.

Natural gas stopped flowing from the well earlier Thursday, and the remaining fire had been fueled by residual gas. Authorities believe the flowing gas became blocked by sand and sediment in the well.

The Coast Guard and a spokesman for one of the companies involved confirmed that the fire was out at midday.

Air and water travel restrictions remain in effect in the area, and officials are working to determine the next steps in securing the well.


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