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Pipeline explodes near Hughesville, MO

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

Panhandle Eastern pipeline explosion in MO, forces evacuations

A 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured in western Missouri Friday causing a massive explosion and fire that was visible for 12 miles, authorities said.

“I was just about to go to bed when I heard a boom. It didn’t sound right so I stepped outside and could see the glow from the fire,” said Pettis County Sheriff Kevin BondBond. “There was a big fireball.”

“Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co.’s 30-inch natural gas pipeline that runs through Pettis County experienced a release yesterday (November 28) at approximately 11:55 p.m., just north of the rural community of Hughesville. There were no injuries; however, there were some families in the area evacuated as a precautionary measure. We are working with the local emergency responders to make sure the needs of any of those who were impacted are taken care of,” said Panhandle Eastern spokesperson in a statement.

Another rupture in the Panhandle Eastern pipeline in Cooper County in August 2008  caused about $1 million in damages, according to a report.

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