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Quebec Gas Explosion Near Vermont

December 29, 2000

EAST HEREFORD, Quebec (AP) _ An explosion ripped through a natural gas pipeline station just across Vermont’s border in Canada Thursday evening, injuring at least one man, authorities said.

The explosion near East Hereford, Quebec, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. EST, shook windows up to 15 miles away, authorities said.

About 25 U.S. and Canadian firefighters rushed to the scene, about five miles north of Beecher Falls, Vt., where the blast had left parts of the station in flames, said Gary Richardson, a spokesman for the Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

Quebec police said there were no fatalities, but a worker was taken to a nearby hospital with burns.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the blast.

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