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Natural gas pipeline blast injures 2, damages several homes

January 24, 2019

CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas pipeline explosion has injured two people and destroyed or damaged six homes in Ohio.

The county emergency management agency says one person was taken to a medical facility to be treated for minor burns following the explosion in Summerfield in eastern Ohio.

A woman told The Columbus Dispatch the Monday morning blast made her home shake for about 15 seconds but “felt like forever.”

The 30-inch diameter pipeline is part of the Texas Eastern Transmission system owned by Enbridge, a Canadian company that recently completed the 36-inch diameter NEXUS pipeline to transport gas from Appalachian shale fields across Ohio into Michigan.

Enbridge says the pipeline built in the early 1950s was last inspected in 2012.

A number of state agencies are investigating the explosion.

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