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The Latest: Governor: Alabama blast at Colonial Pipeline

The Latest: Governor: Alabama blast at Colonial Pipeline

HELENA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a pipeline explosion in Alabama (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

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.

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4:45 p.m.

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.


Updated : 2021-10-16 04:52 GMT+08:00