explosion in Moreland, a community about 40 miles (65 km) south
of Lexington, was on a natural gas pipeline operated by the firm
Enbridge Inc, the company said in a statement.
A woman who was killed in the explosion was found outside her
home, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said, and initial
indications were that one else was injured.
"We're trying to get a head count," Folger added.
About five homes caught fire and firefighters worked to
extinguish those blazes, Folger said.
Flames from the blast rose about 300 feet (100 meters) in the
air, Lexingon television station WKYT reported, citing emergency
managers. The WKYT meteorologist said the fire showed up on
radar, according to the station.
Sue Routin, a resident in the area, told Lexington television
station Lex 18, "It woke us up and it was just a big roar and it
was fire going up into the sky as far as you could see."
The pipeline was 30 inches (76 cm) in diameter, Folger said, and
it was shut off after the blast, which occurred shortly after
midnight local time.
The pipeline is part of Enbridge's Texas Eastern system, the
company said. The system connects Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast
with states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, according
to the company's website.
Enbridge said it was working with emergency responders.
The explosion followed another fatal incident on Wednesday at an
oil and gas site in Colorado, north of Denver.
Firefighters responding to a fire at an oil tank found an
unresponsive man on top of the tank, at the site just outside
the community of Windsor, said Windsor Severance Fire Rescue
Chief Kris Kazian. The victim was later pronounced dead.
The site was operated by Denver-based firm Great Western Oil &
Gas Co. A representative for the company could not immediately
be reached for comment.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, additional
reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver and Arpan Varghese and
Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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