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Explosion rocks rural Ohio

3rd breach in gas pipeline this year sends huge fireball into sky; gas company has experienced 63 'incidents' since 2006


By Randy Ludlow and Jim Phillips
The Columbus Dispatch

JACKSONTOWN, Ohio — Hooper Ridge was scarred yesterday by the explosion of a natural-gas pipeline that sent a plume of fire hundreds of feet into the air and set buildings ablaze in the Morgan County countryside.

Only slight injuries were reported from the huge blast, which authorities said was felt and heard up to 12 miles away.

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