One Missing After Gas Pipeline Blast in N. Texas

There were no known fatalities Monday evening after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Cleburne, Texas, earlier that afternoon, according to television and online news reports. As of approximately 8:30 p.m. local time, however, one person had not been accounted for.

Media reports stated that utility workers were drilling holes for utility poles with an auger shortly before 3 p.m. when the equipment accidentally struck a 36-inch gas pipeline owned by Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. According to a Dallas Morning News article, the Johnson County sheriff reported that "at least eight people" received treatment at nearby hospitals and that several were released Monday evening.

Automatic shut-off valves stopped the flow of gas, and the fire resulting from the blast was out after a couple of hours, the Associated Press reported.