At least 1 hurt in Pennsylvania natural gas explosion

Cause of explosion not immediately clear

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WPXI image of area near gas explosion in Salem Township, PA

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Crews are responding to a natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania where at least one injury has been reported.

The explosion involves either a pipeline or a gas well. It occurred Friday morning in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The cause of the blast isn’t immediately clear. The explosion caused flames to shoot above nearby treetops in the largely rural township.

Businesses are being evacuated in the immediate area.

Westmoreland County emergency dispatchers say at least one ambulance has been summoned.

It was not immediately clear who owns the gas facility.

 

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