Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Authorities: At Least 7 Injured in Alabama Pipeline Blast

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Authorities: At Least 7 Injured in Alabama Pipeline Blast

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HELENA, Ala. - At least seven workers were injured Monday when an explosion occurred on Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama near where it burst last month, authorities said. The explosion sent flames soaring over the forest about a mile west of where the gas pipeline burst in September, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. That rupture led to gasoline shortages across the South.

Video from area media shows a huge plume of flame and smoke rising in a wooded area in Shelby County southwest of Birmingham.

The seven injured workers were taken to Birmingham hospitals by helicopter and ambulance, Bentley told WBRC-TV in a live interview Monday evening.

"It appears to have been an accident, and they're allowing fuel to burn, Bentley said. "It's about one mile west of where the repair took place on the Colonial Pipeline just recently. …

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