Gas pipeline explodes Friday morning near Hesston

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Authorities say a natural gas pipeline has exploded near Hesston, sending flames shooting more than 75 feet into the air.

KSN started receiving reports of the explosion shortly before 8 a.m. through calls and emails to report it. A Harvey County dispatcher says the explosion was reported around 7:30 a.m.

The gas line belongs to Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline.

“The fire started from the blast of the pipeline. It spread to a stubble field and grass. We have units from McPherson and Harvey County working on containing the grass fire. It appears mainly contained. No injuries and no known property damage to structures at this time,” said Fire Captain Andy Wray, Hesston Fire and EMS.

Company spokesman Rob Southard says the gas supply was shut off and that the fire burned itself out by later in the morning. He says crews are assessing damage but won’t begin making repairs until the area cools off.

He says the cause of the fire is under investigation. He says there was no excavation work being done in the area beforehand.

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