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Fire Going Out, Gas Leak Blocked At Gulf Of Mexico Rig

The out-of-control natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after it blew out and caught fire. U.S. Coast Guard via AP hide caption

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U.S. Coast Guard via AP

The out-of-control natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after it blew out and caught fire.

U.S. Coast Guard via AP

"Natural gas has stopped flowing to a drilling rig on fire in the Gulf of Mexico," NPR's Jeff Brady tells our Newscast Desk.

As he reports:

"A drilling crew lost control of the well on Tuesday, then gas escaping from the well caught fire. No one was injured, but the flames heavily damaged a drilling rig owned by Houston-based Hercules Offshore.

"The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well — after spewing gas for more than a day — 'bridged over.' When an out-of-control well bridges over, small pieces of sediment and sand flow into the well path and block more gas from escaping.

"The agency says the fire has since decreased to a small flame, fueled by residual gas at the top of the well."

On Wednesday, NPR's Christopher Joyce told us: "Why The Latest Gulf Leak Is No BP Disaster."