|Seventeen people were injured, four of them in critical condition, following the blast on Tuesday night on the Deepwater Horizon rig, 80 kilometres off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig continued to burn some 24 hours after the explosion, and authorities could not say when the flames might die out.
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