One person injured in well blast in Oklahoma: official

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017 2:38 PM

HOUSTON (Reuters) - One person was injured on Thursday following a blast at an energy company's well site in Pittsburg County in eastern Oklahoma, local officials said.

The explosion occurred near Quinton, Oklahoma, about 146 miles (235 km) east of Oklahoma City and involved three gas wells, which have been shut, local media reported.

The injured person was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, local media reported.

Trinity Operating LLC operated the wells that caught fire, according to local media.

Pittsburg County Emergency Management officials confirmed that an explosion occurred, and the Pittsburg County Sheriff's office said they had reports of one injury but could not provide further details.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Emergency responders did not immediately respond to further requests for information about the incident.

(Reporting by Liz Hampton and Erwin Seba in Houston and Jon Herskovitz in Austin; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and David Gregorio)