Yes they did. The strategy behind it was to use the explosive energy to blast the flame sideways away from the source of fuel faster than it could burn, leaving a relatively safe area for the workers to then move in and shut off the fuel flow. Not always successful the 1st time. Sometimes the fireball would go up and the spray would catch up with the source of ignition and back to square 1
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104275/ but I don't think that's the one I saw.
That one features the real Red Adair, who was the character John Wayne was playing...
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