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updated: 7/25/2013 1:40 PM

Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

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  • A fire is seen on the Hercules 265 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday. Natural gas spewed uncontrolled from the well but sediment was said to have plugged the leak Thursday, authorities said.

      A fire is seen on the Hercules 265 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday. Natural gas spewed uncontrolled from the well but sediment was said to have plugged the leak Thursday, authorities said.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Officials say the fire is out at a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico that blew wild earlier in the week.

Natural gas stopped flowing from the well earlier Thursday, and the remaining fire had been fueled by residual gas. Authorities believe the flowing gas became blocked by sand and sediment in the well.

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The Coast Guard and a spokesman for one of the companies involved confirmed that the fire was out at midday.

Air and water travel restrictions remain in effect in the area, and officials are working to determine the next steps in securing the well.

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