UPDATE 1-Oneok says natgas line explodes near Oklahoma City

Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:10pm EST

* No one hurt in pipeline rupture and fire

* Line described as 26-inch, intrastate pipe

(Recasts; adds company confirmation, details)

HOUSTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Oneok Inc (OKE.N) said itsnatural gas transmission line ruptured and caught fire near Chandler, Oklahoma, northeast of Oklahoma City, on Thursday.

"There was a break in a Oneok gas transmission line near Chandler, causing a fire. There were no injuries," a Oneok spokeswoman said.

Gas flow was shut off to the line in the vicinity of the break, and the fire was under control, the spokeswoman said.

"If the fire is not out, it will be soon," she said late Thursday afternoon.

"We are working with (local distribution company) Oklahoma Natural Gas to determine whether there was any customer impact," the spokeswoman said.

The company described the pipeline as a 26-inch (66-cm), intrastate pipeline.

The initial blast happened about 3:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Thursday, local media reported. No homes or businesses were located near the fire, according to News9.com, the website of an Oklahoma City television station.

"The cause is under investigation," the Oneok spokeswoman said. (Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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