Gas-Line Blast Closes Major Highway, Injures Dozens

Posted by Mike Confino, April 19, 2015

A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

It was not clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff’s gun range that brought traffic in the area to a halt. But authorities say it occurred while a county equipment operator was building up a dirt berm on the range alongside heavily travelled Highway 99.

The flames shot well over 100 feet into the air, witnesses said.

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