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“Like an atomic bomb went off,” witness describes deadly Kentucky gas pipeline explosion

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A gas pipeline running through a rural Kentucky town exploded early Thursday morning killing one person and hospitalized five others. Dozens more had to be evacuated as the fire threatened to destroy a nearby mobile home park.

According to CBS News, the 30-inch pipeline pushes natural gas under high pressure. That pressure caused the explosion and flames to shoot as high as 300 feet in the air.

Mutual aid was called in as Firefighters spent hours trying to control the flames.

One witness in Junction City told a local CBS affiliate, “It woke us up and it was just a big roar and fire going all the way up in the sky as far as you could see. Our windows were shaking really bad and you could see the ground just moving and tumbling and rolling. Then we got to feeling the heat from this fire, so we got in our vehicle to get away from it.”

The pipeline, which is owned and operated by Enbridge, runs some 9,000 miles between the Mexican border to New York City.

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