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Pipeline Explodes In North Texas; No Injuries

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Smoke from a burning gas pipeline carrie over farm fields near Milford, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. A Chevron gas pipeline exploded in rural North Texas with no injuries and officials are allowing the fire to burn out. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Smoke from a burning gas pipeline carrie over farm fields near Milford, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. A Chevron gas pipeline exploded in rural North Texas with no injuries and officials are allowing the fire to burn out. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

MILFORD, Texas (AP) - A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office said the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas. Chevron spokesman Justin Higgs said the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline.

Flames could be seen shooting into the air and some vehicles at the worksite burned.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jo Ann Livingston said authorities have not received any word of injuries.

Lt. James Saulter said deputies went door-to-door in Milford, advising people in the town of about 700 to leave.

Milford school Superintendent Don Clingenpeel said all students and staff were being evacuated to the nearby town of Italy.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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