Deadly natural gas line explosion in U.S. Texas under investigation

07:59, June 09, 2010      

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A natural line explosion which left one people dead Monday in the U.S. state of Texas was under investigation, local media said Tuesday.

Investigators will return Tuesday morning to the scene of the deadly natural gas explosion in rural Johnson County near Cleburne, in north central Texas, to determine the cause, the newspaper Dallas Morning News said.

Earlier media reports said the explosion was caused by a worker who hit the gas line by accident.

Officials initially said three people were killed in the blast which took place about 2:00 p.m. Monday.

A utility worker who went missing after the blast was found dead Monday night, officials said.

At least seven of the other 13 workers who had been working at the blast site were wounded and hospitalized with burn injuries.

The owner of the natural gas line, a Houston-based company, immediately identified a break in the line, a spokesman for the company said.

The fire was put out about 2 hours after the explosion.



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