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Pipeline explodes in Missouri

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A reported pipeline explosion has occurred in Missouri. Authorities have confirmed that no one was injured. While the affected area has been isolated, an investigation into the cause of the rupture and repair work can only begin once the blaze subsides.

A representative from Platte County Sheriff’s Department has said that the fire was reported at approximately 6:30 pm on 29 November, located reasonably close to Kansas City International Airport. The dispatcher had no additional details.

The owner/operator of the pipeline was not immediately available but it has since been reported that it belonged to Mid-America Pipeline Co.

The Kansas City Fire Department has said that the pipeline carries ethane and propane.

A spokesman for Kansas City International, Joe McBride, has confirmed that the blaze did not affect flights at the airport and it was not near the airport’s property.

Fox 4 News has reported: “The explosion was not expected, but planned for according to a spokesperson for the pipeline company. Its system is designed so that a backup of gas will not build up on either side of the dead pipe to avoid a worse disaster.”

“A spokesperson for Mid-America Pipeline Co. says it has a right-of-way agreement with landowners and specifically routes the equipment away from population centres to mitigate damage in case of an explosion like this.

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