HELENA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a pipeline explosion in Alabama (all times local):
Authorities say at least seven workers have been injured in an explosion on the Colonial Pipeline that sent flames soaring over the forest in a rural part of Alabama.
Gov. Robert Bentley says in a statement that the explosion happened Monday on the Colonial gas pipeline, about a mile west of the spot where it burst last month. That rupture led to gasoline shortages across the South.
Video from area media shows a huge plume of flame and smoke rising in a wooded area in Shelby County southwest of Birmingham.
Bentley told WBRC-TV in a live interview Monday evening that the seven injured workers were taken to Birmingham hospitals by helicopter and ambulance.
At least five people are reported injured after what's being described as an explosion in rural Alabama.
Details are sketchy, but video from area media shows a huge plume of flame and smoke rising in what appears to be a wooded area in Shelby County southwest of Birmingham. It's unclear what exploded, but gas lines run through the area.
Helena police say they're assisting Shelby County authorities with a pipeline fire.
Several fire departments are sending crews to assist, and media reports say at least five people were hurt and headed to a hospital.
A pipeline leaked thousands of gallons of gas southwest of Birmingham near Helena, but there's no immediate indication of a connection between the leak and the fire.