By BEN LEFEBVRE
Williams Cos. shut down a 24-inch natural
gas pipeline after a rupture led to an explosion in rural
West Virginia, the company said Friday.
A large explosion occurred shortly after noon local time and
forced local residents to evacuate their homes, said Marshall
County Sheriff Kevin Cecil.
The pipeline automatically shut down after the explosion, and
residents were allowed to return to their home at around 2:30
p.m. ET, the sheriff added.
No injuries were reported, the sheriff said.
Williams was investigating the cause of the accident,
company spokesman Tom Droege said. Williams didn't immediately
have details as to the pipeline's capacity or which market it
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