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No injuries in Pa. gas well fire, explosion

August 16, 2014
Associated Press

MERCER, Pa. (AP) — Emergency crews say a road was closed but there were no injuries after a northwestern Pennsylvania natural gas well caught fire and exploded.

More than a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze in rural Jefferson Township at about 8 p.m. Friday. That's about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Area residents say black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away, but no homes were evacuated. The state Department of Environmental Protection closed a local road to all nonemergency vehicles.

The well site is reportedly owned by Hilcorp Energy Corp. Hilcorp could not immediately be reached for comment.



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