National Campaign Warns Teens of Oil Field Dangers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Board has launched a national initiative to raise awareness about deadly explosions involving teens, hoping to discourage youth from choosing oil field sites as "hang outs."

During a news conference in Hattiesburg, CSB officials unveiled a video detailing the deaths of Devon Byrd and Wade White, two teens killed after an oil storage tank exploded in Carnes, Miss., in 2009.

The initiative also includes a push for stronger laws and regulations to secure oil field sites, and a request for the industry to police itself when it comes to safety measures.

CSB spokesman Daniel Horowitz says the campaign comes after their research found at least 36 teenagers and six young adults had died in similar explosions over past 30 years.