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Atlantic #3 (1948)

Atlantic #3 developed with such force that it went immediately out of control. For six months it spewed oil and gas, thereby causing the ground to soften. The rig then collapsed snapping electrical cables which, in turn, fuelled a shower of sparks. The mammoth lake of oil caught fire and the well exploded into flames. Old-timers in the oil patch claim Atlantic #3 was the most spectacular well fire in Canadian history.

Drilling of Atlantic No. 3

The blowout of Atlantic #3. Watch

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