November 29, 2013


NEAR HOUSTONIA, Mo. — An overnight explosion at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company near Hughesville, Mo. in Pettis County lit up the sky for miles around early Friday morning. Fox 4 viewers from more than 30 miles away have reported seeing the fireball in the sky.

A spokesperson from Panhandle Eastern says a 30″ pipeline ruptured just before midnight, causing the explosion. Vicki Granado says there were evacuations overnight, but that the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department was coordinating that effort.

Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. is about 90 miles from Kansas City.

Initial information indicated there had not been any injuries reported — however — the situation is still developing, and local police and media are being swamped with calls for information.

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