GILLETTE (AP) - A newly built gas pipeline exploded in a remote area in northeastern Wyoming with enough force to be heard 10 miles away. Nobody was hurt in the blast 20 miles west of Gillette. The explosion happened around 7:30 pm Wednesday and left a 50-foot-long trench in the ground.
Candy Mooney says the explosion on her ranch felt like an
earthquake and roared like a rocket. She watched the scene through binoculars from a nearby hilltop. The blowout shut down the $600 million Bison pipeline owned by TransCanada.
Work on the 300-mile pipeline from Gillette to North Dakota was completed in January, and the pipeline carries 365 million cubic feet of gas per day out of the Powder River Basin. TransCanada says the blast is being investigated.