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Report: Offshore platform catches fire


According to WWL in New Orleans, the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there is an offshore platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico.

The station reported a spokesman said the Coast Guard just activated a "command center" to investigate the incident.

There is not much information available yet as to the location or size of the rig.

A witness reportedly told WLOX in Biloxi, MS he saw a huge fireball east of Grand Isle around 8:45 a.m. He then heard a mayday call that West Delta 130 Echo is on fire.

The Coast Guard is expected to release additional details later this morning.

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