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Explosion injures four utility workers in US

23 June 2020

A gas pipeline explosion injured four utility workers in Arkansas on June 18. The blast happened after an underground natural gas line was ruptured in the city of Maumelle, north west of Little Rock.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The injured are employees of utility company CenterPoint Energy and were taken to hospital shortly after the incident. They were released later the same day having suffered burns.

Three homes near to where the blast occurred were evacuated as a precaution, the Maumelle fire department said. The explosion caused a fire which burned for a few hours before firefighters were able to extinguish it.

Firefighters were first called to the scene at around 10:00 local time after receiving a call of a ruptured gas line. It is believed that a contractor was conducting telecommunications work unrelated to CenterPoint Energy and accidentally ruptured the gas line. That worker called in the CenterPoint Energy workers who were inspecting the damage when the blast happened.

All the injured workers are expected to make a full recovery.

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