Natgas pipeline explosion injures two at Louisiana Air Force base

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(Reuters) -Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana reported two injuries along with a small fire from a natural gas pipeline explosion on the East Reservation of the base on Tuesday.

The explosion resulted in a small fire that impacted about half an acre of land, with no further damage to installation property, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

The incident occurred on a 10-inch (25.4 cm) natural gas gathering line located on the base, a spokesperson for Energy Transfer LP said, adding, “the line was immediately shut in and the area is secure.”

“The incident is unrelated to controlled detonations that occurred on Barksdale Air Force Base today, and ongoing I-220 construction,” the U.S. Air Force added.

The two injured were contracted personnel from Energy Transfer and were transported to a local medical facility, the Air Force said.

Both of the injured people were in stable condition. The cause of the incident was being investigated, the company spokesperson added.

Base Emergency Response Personnel in coordination with Louisiana State Police responded to the incident at about 11:40 a.m. local time.

(Reporting by Kavya Guduru, Ashitha Shivaprasad and Arpan Varghese in BengaluruEditing by Lincoln Feast and Matthew Lewis)


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