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Emergency crews respond to pipeline break

KHQA file photo of workers building the Rockies Express Pipeline in October 2008.


Just after midnight, Pike County, Missouri residents were allowed to return home after a natural gas pipeline break Thursday night.


According to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, the Rockies Express pipeline broke around 6 p.m. north of Bowling Green.


A spokesperson for the Bowling Green Fire Department told KHQA about 50 homes were evacuated within a 1-mile radius of the break.


Pike County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Al Murry said there were no injuries.


Murry said the break happened about one mile west of U.S. 61 and two miles north of Bowling Green.



The pipeline belongs to Tallgrass Energy.



Murry said the 42-inch high pressure pipe ruptured but the pressure of the break was easing as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday.


The break affected a 20-mile length of pipe.


Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said the line was shut off as of 8:30 p.m. as pipeline crews evaluated the damage.


Traffic was blocked off on Highway U just west of U.S. 61. until an all clear was issued.


According to a past KHQA story, construction started on this pipeline in 2008. It carries natural gas from the Rocky Mountains to western Ohio.

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