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2 reported injured in oil field explosion on county line

LEA COUNTY — An explosion at an oil field tank battery on the Lea/Eddy county line reportedly left two workers injured Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency service responders from both Lea and Eddy counties, as well as from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, were at the scene of the explosion, which occurred near County Road 243 and County Road 126.

According to emergency scanner traffic, two people were injured, but the severity of their injuries is still unknown.

The two injured workers were airlifted out of the location. It is believed they were being flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas for treatment.

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The Lea County Sheriff’s Office took control of the scene, while the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department assisted with limiting access to the rural road that led to the explosion site.

The source of the explosion is believed to have been caused by a tank battery fire, according to an Eddy County official.

Black smoke could be seen billowing from the location while driving down the Hobbs Highway.

Emergency crews directly sprayed the tank battery with water and were able to contain the fire at the site with their three tankers.

It is still unknown who the injured people were, or which company employed them, and it is still unknown which company operates the site of the explosion.

A Devon Energy official who was at the scene said that a sign would be up near the access road indicating which company owned the tank battery, but there was no sign visible on the access road.

Sarah Matott can be reached at 575-628-5546.

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