Authorities restrict traffic around site of natural gas well blowout

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have restricted air and nautical traffic around the site of a natural gas well blowout in the

Gulf of Mexico.

Forty-seven workers on a drilling rig were evacuated after the well, located 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, blew wild Tuesday

morning. No injuries were reported and there was no fire as of Tuesday afternoon. It remained unclear how or when the well

would be shut down.

The Coast Guard said it was keeping nautical

traffic out of an area within 500 meters of the site. The Federal

Aviation Administration

restricted aircraft up to 2,000 feet above the area.

A federal agency said Tuesday's blowout occurred on a rig drilling what is known as a "sidetrack well" near an unmanned platform

that was not currently producing natural gas.