Virginia gas pipeline blast injures five

Nick Snow
Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 -- A natural gas pipeline exploded in Appomattox County, Virginia, the morning of Sept. 14, leveling one home and injuring five people, local and federal authorities said. Four of the injured have been treated and released.

Two inspectors from the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are at the scene with state and local investigators and representatives of Williams Cos. Inc., the pipeline's owner and operator, a PHMSA spokeswoman told OGJ on Sept. 15.

The 30-in. line is part of Williams's Transco interstate system. Pressure-monitoring equipment registered a change, the line was shut down immediately, and the gas was rerouted to other lines, a Williams spokesman said. The incident did not affect service to any customers.

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