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Gas pipeline ruptures, explodes

Nov 29, 2013 -- 9:12am
(AP) - A natural gas pipeline has ruptured in a rural area in western Missouri causing an explosion and fire. No injuries were reported.
 
     The Pettis County Sheriff's Department says the pipeline, owned by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co., ruptured late Thursday outside Houstonia, about 75 miles east of Kansas City. 
 
     Pettis County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Egbert says the rupture and explosion set fire to several hog barns, farm outbuildings, equipment and hay bales.
 
     The sheriff's department says fewer than a dozen residents within three miles of the explosion were evacuated but were allowed back into their homes before dawn. 
 
     Egbert says the pipeline has been shut down and that crews are working Friday to repair the line.
 
     A spokeswoman for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.
 

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