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Natural gas line explodes near Rosston in Harper County, Oklahoma

A natural gas line erupted in a ball of fire late Tuesday. The explosion was in northern Harper County north of Rosston
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 9, 2013 at 4:54 am •  Published: October 9, 2013

ROSSTON – A natural gas line exploded late Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of four nearby homes in northwest Harper County but causing no injuries or property damage, authorities said early Wednesday.

The explosion was about 11 p.m. Tuesday in a rural area about 10 miles north of Rosston in the Ditch Valley community near U.S. 283 near the Kansas border. All roads have been reopened Wednesday, a Harper County Sheriff's dispatcher said.

The line is owned by Northern Natural Gas Company of Omaha, Neb., said company spokesman Mike Loeffler. Loeffler said the cause of the explosion is not known. Crews will look for answers after daybreak, he said.

“There will be a thorough investigation,” Loeffler said.

The fire has been contained and had nearly burned out early Wednesday, he said.

Loeffler said there has been no disruption of service. Four homes were evacuated as a precaution late Tuesday.

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