Massive gas explosion prompts evacuations in Texas, USA
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Authorities say no one was injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in rural South Texas, sparking a massive fire that prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.
DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Fonseca said early Monday that the gas had been rerouted and the fire was extinguished.
She said seven homes were evacuated but that no one was injured. She says residents were allowed to return Sunday night following safety inspections.
Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Anderson Granado said the company will investigate the cause of the rupture.
The Victoria Advocate reported that the blaze could be seen from 20 miles away.
Lindenau is about 85 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Courtesy of seattletimes.com