Gas pipeline ruptures, explodes, near Milford, Texas

Nov. 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

MILFORD, Texas, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A Chevron pipeline transporting liquid petroleum gas in Texas exploded Thursday morning, prompting the evacuation of an entire town and causing a massive fire.

The pipeline was punctured somehow and exploded about 9.30 a.m. outside of Milford, Texas, KXAS-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, reported.

Five workers who were at the scene left without injury and Milford was evacuated.

Chevron issued a statement Thursday afternoon that said the pipeline has been shut off. "The flow of product in the pipeline has been shut-off and residual burn continues. There is an adjacent Chevron owned 14 inch LPG pipeline that the company is currently monitoring."

"Chevron and emergency response organizations are actively monitoring the incident and taking every precaution to contain and ultimately extinguish the fire," the statement said. "Chevron's primary concern is to ensure the safety of the surrounding community and our employees. Chevron will continue working with the community and its leaders to identify and respond to their needs."

No structures were damaged by the explosion, Chevron said.

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