Pipeline explodes in North Texas; no injuries

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 MILFORD, Texas (AP) - A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office says the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas. Chevron spokesman Justin Higgs says the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline.
Flames could be seen shooting into the air and some vehicles at the worksite burned.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Jo Ann Livingston says authorities have not received any word of injuries.
Lt. James Saulter said deputies went door-to-door in Milford, advising people in the town of about 700 to leave.
Milford school Superintendent Don Clingenpeel says all students and staff were evacuated to the nearby town of Italy.

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