The Sedalia explosion of a Missouri gas pipeline resulted in a 300-foot fireball that could be seen from more than 30 miles away. The Sedalia explosion occurred just before midnight on Thursday at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. which is about 90 miles from Kansas City, reported Reuters on Nov. 29, 2013.
According to a spokesperson from Panhandle Eastern, the Sedalia explosion of the Missouri gas pipeline happened when a 30-inch (75-cm) natural gas pipeline ruptured. No injuries or fatalities were reported.
However, following the explosion in Sedalia, which is a city located about 30 miles (48 km) south of the Missouri River in Pettis County or just north of the rural community of Hughesville in Missouri, some families in the area had to be evacuated as a precaution. Natural gas supplies have been rerouted to avoid delivery disruptions to customers.
According to a spokesperson for the Sedalia Fire Department, the fire caused by the explosion has been extinguished. Since the Sedalia explosion of the Missouri natural gas pipeline happened in a field, no one was hurt but the 300-foot fireball could be seen for miles.
So far the company has not released any information as to what might have caused the Sedalia explosion of the Missouri gas pipeline.