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A drilling accident in Richland, New York caused two men to suffer burn injuries this morning. They were drilling a well looking for water when they hit a pocket of natural gas. One man suffered second and third-degree burns on his arms.

The two men

were drilling a well at 377 Canning Factory Road in Richland at 11:15 a.m. when their drill hit gas 120 feet below the surface, said state Trooper Thomas Guarasce.

When the gas ignited it caused a massive explosion, Guarasce said.

The second man suffered first degree burns. They were both taken to University Hospital to be treated for their injuries. They are both expected to recover. The well has been capped to contain the natural gas.

If you would like to read more about burn injuries, please visit InjuryBoard’s Burns information page.

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