A natural gas explosion and fire occurred on March 31, at 8:20 a.m., in Williams-Northwest Pipeline storage plant in Plymouth, Washington. Although the associated fire was extinguished, the blast punched a hole in a liquefied natural gas storage tank causing a gas leak. A total of 5 workers were injured and part of the nearby town had to be evacuated. Deputies went door to door throughout Plymouth, along the Columbia River, and evacuated people in a 2-mile radius. Traffic on a nearby highway and train tracks was also temporarily arrested. The pipeline is the major “artery” of gas to the Pacific Northwest. This was but the latest in a series of natural gas explosions that are causing many to be concerned about safety.
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