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Witness to platform explosion saw a 'bunch of smoke'

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Witness reports seeing smoke after the blast
  • He says he's surprised by a second explosion so soon after the Deepwater Horizon incident
  • The Deepwater Horizon exploded in April, killing 11 and causing a major oil spill

(CNN) -- A man who said he saw the oil platform blast in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday reported suddenly seeing "a bunch of smoke" coming up from the platform.

David Reed said he is a paramedic on board an oil rig about 14 miles from the site of the explosion and fire on an oil platform owned by Mariner Energy.

"We were up here in the radio room and all of a sudden we saw a whole bunch of smoke coming from the platform," he told CNN. "Shortly after, all radios started lighting up like a Christmas tree."

Reed sent a photo of the platform to CNN's iReport program, which lets anyone share photos, videos and information.

"The fact that this has happened again so soon after the Deepwater Horizon is surprising," he told CNN.