AP: Giant box lowered in Gulf to battle oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - A 100-ton containment box is being lowered into the Gulf of Mexico in an unprecedented attempt to divert oil spewing from a well at the bottom of the sea.

The four-story high concrete-and-steel box was being eased into the water late Thursday.

It will take hours to reach the sea floor.

If it works, BP thinks the box could capture about 85 percent of the oil spewing from the well, threatening sea life and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast.

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