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Just hours after the oil rig explosion near the Gulf of Mexico, technology and other online news sources have been buzzing about the incident. According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough, “the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform, 200 miles west of the site of BP’s massive spill.” Continue reading for a news report. Click here for more pictures.

The company that owns the platform, Houston-based Mariner Energy, did not know what caused the blast, which was reported by a helicopter flying over the area. Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene.

[via Yahoo]