Three men were killed Monday afternoon in Union County while dismantling an abandoned containment vessel for petroleum.
The workers, employed by Long Brothers Oil Company of Norphlet, were burned when a spark apparently ignited residual oil vapor in the vessel. The victims’ names have not been released.
The explosion happened at an abandoned oil well site near Arkansas 355 and Mount Holly Road, about three miles north of U.S. 82 west of El Dorado.
The resulting fire spread to nearby woods. The fire in the vessel was put out, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission contained the woods fire.
Monday afternoon’s blast comes almost a week after a massive explosion at the El Dorado Chemical facility north of El Dorado. The blast rocked thousands of residents awake Tuesday morning, and caused extensive damage to the plant, which makes ingredients for fertilizer.