On Wednesday, April 30, around 8:00 a.m., a West Texas oil field exploded following a build-up of pressure. At the time of the accident, oil field workers had been changing a wellhead. According to the most recent reports, two individuals have been killed by the blast and nine others were injured. Those who were injured suffered cuts, lacerations, and bruising—mostly from the shrapnel that was pushed through the air. They all received medical attention at the scene and refused to be transported to local hospitals for further help.
Currently, the pressure build-up is being determined as the cause of the blast; however, there is currently a pending investigation by the Loving Sheriff's Department that may give greater insight. As Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper said, "Those wellheads are tremendously heavy pieces of equipment."
The explosion occurred in Orla, TX, which is about 50 miles from Carlsbad. It is reported as being the first oil and gas related accident to happen in Loving County this year.