Ex­plo­sion in Alabama kills one; five in­jured

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Colo­nial Pipe­line Co shut down its main gaso­line and dis­til­lates pipe­lines on Mon­day af­ter an ex­plo­sion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and send­ing five to the hos­pi­tal - the sec­ond time in two months it had to close the cru­cial sup­ply line to the US East Coast. A nine-man crew was con­duct­ing work on the Colo­nial pipe­line sys­tem at the time of the ex­plo­sion, Alabama Gover­nor Robert Bent­ley told a brief­ing. Seven of the crew mem­bers were in­jured, with two evac­u­ated by air.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred when a con­tract crew hit the gaso­line pipe­line (Line 1) with a track­hoe, ig­nit­ing gaso­line, Colo­nial said an e-mailed state­ment late on Mon­day. One worker died at the scene and five in­di­vid­u­als were taken to Birm­ing­ham-area hos­pi­tals for treat­ment, the com­pany said. Four were taken to the UAB hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, hos­pi­tal spokesman Adam Pope said. A seg­ment of pipe­line was un­der­go­ing main­te­nance on Mon­day af­ter­noon when it ex­ploded. The fire had been con­tained as of around 9 pm, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports. Crews built a 8-foot tall dirt dam to con­tain burn­ing fuel, Bent­ley said on Twit­ter late on Mon­day. The ex­plo­sion sparked wild­fires, burn­ing 32 acres, the gover­nor said. Colo­nial said com­pany per­son­nel and emer­gency crews were re­spond­ing to the in­ci­dent. The US Pipe­line and Haz­ardous Ma­te­ri­als Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion, or PHMSA, said it had per­son­nel on the way to the site. Bent­ley’s of­fice said on Twit­ter the site was about a mile west of a mas­sive leak last month that closed the gaso­line pipe­line for over 12 days. A 3-mile area around the site had been evac­u­ated, the gover­nor said. A tem­po­rary flight re­stric­tion is in ef­fect in the area around the pipe­line ex­plo­sion, the Alabama Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency said on Twit­ter. Colo­nial, the big­gest re­fined prod­ucts sys­tem in the United States, is re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing about one-third of the 3.2 mil­lion bar­rels per day of gaso­line con­sumed on the East Coast, ac­cord­ing to US En­ergy Depart­ment data. Colo­nial was work­ing to restart a sec­tion of pipe­line dam­aged af­ter its big­gest leak of gaso­line in nearly two decades on Sept. 9, which re­leased as much as 8,000 bar­rels of gaso­line in Shelby County. The restart was planned for mid-Novem­ber af­ter re­moval of a by­pass line in­stalled af­ter the Septem­ber leak. The pipe­line clo­sure drove up gaso­line prices at the pump in the US South­east and on fu­tures mar­kets. On Mon­day, US gaso­line fu­tures jumped as much as 13 per­cent to $1.6351 a gal­lon, their high­est since early June, fol­low­ing news of the ex­plo­sion. — Reuters

ZHUHAI, China: Two J-20 stealth fighter jets fly at the China’s In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion in Guang­dong prov­ince yes­ter­day. — AP

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