Jul 22, 2021 7:56 PM

UPDATE: Gas pipeline explodes in Ellsworth County

Posted Jul 22, 2021 7:56 PM
Approximate location of the gas pipeline explosion -Google map
Approximate location of the gas pipeline explosion -Google map

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas pipeline has exploded in a rural central Kansas cattle pasture, igniting a large plume of fire seen by motorists on nearby Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County.

No one was injured in Thursday’s explosion about 15 miles northeast of the city of Ellsworth. Emergency manager Keith Haberer says pipeline owner Northern Natural Gas shut off gas to the pipeline to put out the flames. A grass fire ignited by the explosion also was brought under control.

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ELLSWORTH COUNTY—Emergency responders are working a gas line explosion near 23rd Road and Avenue C in Ellsworth County, according to the Ellsworth County Sheriff's office.

They asked the public to avoid the area. Authorities provided few additional details. There are no reports of injury and no threat to the public.

Check the Post for additional information as it becomes available.