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Ross Barnett Reservoir (image from wikipedia.org by Eskimo.the)

A natural gas pipeline exploded at the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi on Wednesday morning, causing a fire that is out of control, local US media reported. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

The explosion occurred at around 6:15 am local time (12:15 p.m. GMT) in the city of Brandon in Rankin County, Mississippi, according to the county’s sheriff’s office, 16 WAPT News reported.

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The TV station said its weather team could see the smoke on radar and flames were shooting into the air more than an hour after the explosion. The fire burning out of control has also been reported by local Clarion-Ledger newspaper.

The pipeline belongs to the Gulf South Pipeline, according to WAPT. The system transports gas between several states, including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Crews at the scene have shut off the gas following the explosion, company officials said.

By RT News
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