Woman killed in Rusk County oil tank explosion

NEW LONDON, TX (KSLA) –Happening right now in East Texas… Rusk County, Texas investigators are piecing together what caused an explosion at an oil well site in New London, Texas.

That explosion reportedly killed one woman and now a man is in an East Texas hospital fighting for his life Monday morning.

New London, Texas is located in Rusk County, which is just a little over an hour and a half away from Shreveport.

Officials reports that one of the victims hopped atop one of the oil tanks and lit a cigarette which reportedly ignited the fumes, leading to the major blast.

Reportedly the explosion was so big that it blew out the windows in a nearby mobile home park.

Officials report they found numerous emptied beer bottles near the blast site.

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