National Geographic : 1951 Oct
1 1 541 The Daily Oklahoman Fiery Streamers Leap from an Oklahoma City Well as from a Blazing Sun A spark touched off the inferno one night in 1929. The steel rig melted in 15 minutes. Fire fighters, using nitroglycerin, snuffed out the blaze three and a half days later. Some 322,000,000 cubic feet of gas daily gushed from the well until it was capped eight days after the explosion. Drillers miraculously escaped injury. Others, encamped near by, fled for their lives.