A gas pipeline in Central Alabama exploded last night killing one worker, harming five workers and burning 32 acres of woodlands. Residents within 3-miles of the site were evacuated.
A temporary flight restriction is in effect in the area of the pipeline explosion. Only relief aircraft are authorized in the airspace. pic.twitter.com/Ymld4xL3n4
— Alabama EMA (@AlabamaEMA) November 1, 2016
The explosion was triggered when the pipeline struck a backhoe. The fire has been contained, according to reports, but it continues to burn.
“Our deepest condolences go out tonight to the family and friends of the person who was lost today, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured,” Colonial Pipeline, the company that owns the pipeline, said in a statement.
Alabama is currently in a massive drought and is vulnerable to wildfires, making these events all the more dangerous.