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Huge gas pipeline explosion in Kentucky leaves one dead, destruction

Christian Fernsby |
A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky.

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It caused a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of dozens of people.

Several structures caught fire in the area of the Indian Camp Trailer Park and were put out, CBS Lexington affiliate WKYT-TV reported.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam confirmed to CBS News Thursday morning that everyone in the area was accounted for and three people who were taken to a hospital had been released.

The 30-inch-wide pipeline moves natural gas under high pressure, so the rupture at about 1 a.m. caused a tremendous amount of damage in the immediate area, authorities said. Hours later, firefighters doused the flames, after trucks repeatedly refilled their tanks and returned to the scene.

The explosion was so huge it showed up on radar, according to WKYT meteorologist Chris Bailey.

The blast also damaged railroad tracks, forcing 31 trains to back up overnight, authorities said.

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