Kenner Police along with rescuers and other law enforcement say that seven people have been hospitalized, and one person is missing after a rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain.

The search and rescue operation begin around 7:15 Sunday evening after after smoke and fire could be seen coming from that area in the Lake.

One person is still unaccounted for at this time, but the search continues. Seven people are being treated at area hospitals there after the oil rig blew.

The goal of officials is to find the eighth person and to get the the oil to stop flowing. Officials say they may need to end up just letting the oil burn off.