11:22 UPDATE: Coast Guard reporting that there are no confirmed deaths at this time.

Reports are surfacing of an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and the United States Coast Guard has confirmed an offshore platform is on fire.

KHOU television in Houston reported on Twitter that two have died from the fire and two are currently missing. The Coast Guard reports four injured have been flown to the hospital.

According to the Associated Press, the offshore platform is burning, and the Coast Guard in News Orleans has activated a command center to investigate.

A parish officials says the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WWL-TV that the platform is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.


An update on Twitter says no oil spill has yet been reported and the rig is no longer burning.