USA — No one was injured when a gas pipeline exploded late Thursday in rural Ohio, sending a fireball shooting up 200 feet into the air. The explosion lit up the sky for 40 miles around, according to a CNN news report.
The explosion took place in Columbiana County. Gas lines were shut down and firefighters responded to put out brush fires sparked by the blast.
The explosion came about a day after a natural gas pipeline exploded in Allentown, Pennsylvania, killing five people and destroying several homes, and less than a year after a massive explosion in San Bruno, California, killed eight and flattened an entire neighborhood. A report in USA Today noted that the recent spate of explosions has sparked fears over the nation’s aging natural gas infrastructure and how cold weather may affect it.