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3 workers killed by explosion at abandoned oil well in Arkansas

An explosion near El Dorado, Ark. on Monday afternoon killed three workers from the Long Brothers Oil Company, NBC News reported.

The three workers were taking apart a tank battery at an abandoned oil well, according to Chad Stover of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. He said vapors inside the tank apparently ignited oil inside the tank.

No roads have been closed or waterways affected, Stover said. There was a small forest fire near the tank being dealt with by the Department of Forestry.

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