Natural Gas Plant Fire Forces Town Evacuation

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An explosion at a Wyoming natural gas processing plant has forced the town of Opal to evacuate.

No one was injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, and all plant workers have been accounted for.

The plant is operated by the Williams Companies.  A Williams spokesperson, Michele Swaner, said that the plant immediately followed "shut in" procedures to prevent the gas from flowing.  The explosion is believed to have started from a TXP3 train - a cryogenic processing plant.  It is being investigated to be sure.

The plant has not released an estimate of how much damage it has sustained.  There were no reports of fire protection.