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UPDATE 2-Oneok says natgas line explodes near Oklahoma City
March 12, 2010 / 12:08 AM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 2-Oneok says natgas line explodes near Oklahoma City

* No injuries in pipeline rupture and fire

* Line said to carry 266 million cubic feet daily (Adds fire out, line capacity)

HOUSTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Oneok Inc (OKE.N) said its natural 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 266 million cubic feet per day line in the vicinity of the break, and the fire was out two-and-a-half hours after the blast, the spokeswoman said.

“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) diameter, 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, 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, Leslie Gevirtz)

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