Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kansas

A natural gas pipeline has exploded in Ellsworth County, Kansas on Thursday, igniting a large plume of fire visible as far as 15 miles northeast of nearby Ellsworth.

A spokesperson for Northern Natural Gas, the pipeline’s owner and operator, said the explosion was started by a gas leak.

Fire and emergency crews have responded to the scene of the large pipeline explosion which also ignited a grass fire. The responders have brought everything under control and reported no threat to public safety. Reports said no one was injured.

Emergency manager Keith Haberer said that Northern Natural Gas has shut off gas to the pipeline to put out the flames. 

Haberer added that he didn’t know the exact cause of the explosion.

Mark Leoffler, a spokesman for Northern Natural Gas, told KSN News that the pipeline is a natural gas line. It is one of several that run in parallel with other pipelines from different parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, north to Nebraska, and Iowa.

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