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UPDATE: Missouri Gas Pipeline Explodes, Damages Hog Farm

HOUSTONIA, Mo. -- Some residents were evacuated after a gas pipeline exploded in rural Pettis County early Friday morning. No one was injured, and the evacuations were done as a precaution. The flames destroyed seven outlying buildings on a nearby hog farm.
HOUSTONIA, Mo. -- Some residents were evacuated after a gas pipeline exploded in rural Pettis County early Friday morning.

No one was injured, and the evacuations were done as a precaution, authorities said. Residents within a half mile were evacuated.

The flames destroyed seven outlying buildings on a nearby hog farm.

Daylight showed that the explosion left a smoldering crater. It took more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co.'s 30-inch line ruptured about midnight. This is just north of Hughesville and near Lemont off Highway D.

A company official said in a statement that the gas has been re-routed from the area so all customers have service.

The company and the responsible federal and state regulatory agencies will conduct an investigation into what caused the rupture.

In 2008, the pipeline ruptured in Houstonia, which is about 20 miles away from the scene of Friday's explosion. The 2008 explosion caused about $1 million in damage.

Friday's explosion was heard miles away including in Sedalia, the county seat of Pettis County and the home of the Missouri State Fair.

"I live about 12 miles away ... and I heard the explosion," said Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond. "I thought it was a nearby residence. When I looked out, I could see the large fireball."


(story and video courtesy KCTV for CBS Newspath)



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