Two injured in pipeline explosion in US state of Louisiana

HOUSTON-- Two workers were injured and another worker went missing Thursday night after a huge explosion occurred at a pipeline near a natural gas plant in Paradis, west of New Orleans, the largest city in the US state of Louisiana.

Six workers were cleaning a Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis when the explosion and fire broke out. The two injured workers were rushed to a hospital and another worker was still unaccounted for, reported The Times-Picayune, New Orleans' English daily.

The company also confirmed the accident in a statement, saying it happened at about 7:30 p.m. local time (0130 GMT Friday) and emergency response agencies have responded to the accident.

The pipeline has been shut down but the fire could last for another few hours or days.

A total of 60 homes within a couple of kilometers of the pipeline have been evacuated as a precaution.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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