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Ruptured pipeline sparks explosion

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MILFORD, Texas – A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas on Thursday and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

Flames could be seen shooting into the air, and some vehicles at the worksite burned. A column of billowing black smoke could be seen from miles away.

Officials said the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas.

A Chevron crew punctured a 10-inch line, and company spokesman Justin Higgs said the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline.

Sheriff’s spokesman James Saulter said no injuries have been reported.

Chevron requested that Milford be evacuated. Saulter said deputies went door-to-door advising people in the town of about 700 to leave.

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