Crews respond to possible pipeline explosion near Hesston

HESSTON, Kan. – Authorities say a natural gas pipeline exploded in a rural area in central Kansas, sending flames shooting more than 75 feet (23 m) in the air.

A Harvey County coordinator, says that the explosion was reported around 7:30 pm, Friday in the vicinity of the city of Hesston, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of Wichita. No injuries were reported.

The gas line belongs to South-Star hotel in the Centre of the Gas Pipeline. Company spokesman Rob Southard says that everyone is safe and that the gas supply is closed. He says crews will wait until the excess gas in the line burn off before the repair.

He says that the cause of the fire is being investigated. He says that there is no excavation work is carried out in the area of advance.

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