Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes In Western Missouri

HOUSTONIA, MO - A natural gas pipeline ruptured in central Missouri Thursday just before midnight, officials say.

According to several reports, the pipeline is owned by the Panhandle Eastern Company, and runs from MIchigan to Texas. Fire from the explosion near Houstonia, could be seen for miles away.

Buildings in the immediate vicinity of the explosion caught fire and were destroyed. A Panhandle Eastern Co. official told KMBC-TV that a 30-inch gas line ruptured outside a compressor station, and that there were no fatalities or injuries.

Officials requested a five mile area surrounding the plant be evacuated.

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