Biz Brief: At Least Five Injured After Texas Gas Explosion
The heat was "unbearable" some 300 yards away after the 2:40 p.m. CDT blast, Cleburne, Tex. City Manager Chester Nolen told the AP. A plume of smoke from the site was visible 8 miles away.
Nolan originally reported that three people had died in the explosion, but later retracted that statement. A Texas state trooper told Reuters that eight workers from Brazos Electric, a power cooperative, were drilling holes for power lines near the pipe at the time of the explosion.
The pipe is owned by Enterprise Products Partners, a $20 billion oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas. "We've isolated the affected segment, and it has been shut in," Rick Rainey, a company spokesman told Dow Jones.
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