Pipeline Blast: Worker Still Unaccounted For

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Pipeline Blast

Paradis, LA -- An employee of Phillips 66 is still missing following a blast at a pipeline station on Thursday in New Orleans.  The pipeline was being cleaned at the time of the explosion.

Six people were working on the line at the time when it caught fire at 7pm on Thursday.  Two of the six were taken to hospitals.

A helicopter was brought in on Friday to search for the worker.  "The pipeline has been blocked in and the remaining product in the line continues to burn.  Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our workers, responders, and the community."

The sheriff described the fire as "a big blow torch."  Claiming that it might take hours or even days to burn off the remaining product.

The pipeline carries raw, natural gas and extends from Venice to Paradis.

Sixty homes were evacuated.  Two men are in the hospital.  One man is missing.

Read the full story here. 

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