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Oil riggers for the first time describe fateful night of explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

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Today’s Washington Post has a read about the night of the explosion at the BP oil rig that is as harrowing as anything Hollywood dreams up.

…. “[Wheeler] walked down the hall toward the tool room, then stopped. The hall reeked of gasoline. The lights flickered. Popping sounds echoed from overhead. All of a sudden, the door to the tool room seemed to be breathing, as though someone were pushing on it from the other side.

What happened next would be the last thing Wheeler remembered: The door blew off its hinges and barreled toward him, even before he heard an explosion. ….”