Pipeline explodes in Marengo County, causes massive fire

Officials in Marengo County report an explosion apparently caused by a gas pipeline rupture.  It happened off Highway 69, near Rembert Hills Road south of Linden, just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon.  The explosion was heard for miles around, and witnesses reported seeing flames shooting the air.

Williams Gas, which owns the pipeline, has shut off that section of the pipeline. The explosion happened in a rural area, so no people or houses were nearby.  No injuries were reported, according to Marengo County EMA Director Kevin McKinney.

Transco issued the following statement:

"Certainly, this is a serious incident and we are very thankful that there were no reported injuries. We are extremely appreciative of the excellent response by local emergency response personnel, as well as Williams employees who instituted emergency shut-down procedures. Our focus now is on determining the cause of the incident to ensure that our neighbors and employees remain safe."

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