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Virginia Pipeline Explosion Leaves 3 Washington Gas Workers Injured, Triggers Evacuations


Three workers are recovering from burns today, following a gas line explosion outside Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to their injuries, the February 3rd explosion in Northern Virginia also set fire to several vehicles, damaged one home, and forced some residents to evacuate as a precaution.

Washington Gas Workers Were Repairing Springfield, VA Line

According to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the gas line exploded sometime after 12:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of Hooes Road in Springfield, about 14 miles outside Washington.

“I heard the explosion and went to the window and saw that the fire was going up, and then within a matter of a little bit, multiple explosions from the fuel tanks and the equipment went off,” one witness told Washington, D.C.’s NBC-4.

Several Washington Gas employees were apparently repairing the line at the time. While it’s not yet clear what caused the explosion, it was preceded by reports of a gas leak. Some reports also indicate that a backhoe might have been involved.

3 Workers Hospitalized with Burns

The resulting fire quickly engulfed two nearby backhoes and a truck.

All three workers were taken to the hospital with burns. Fortunately, it does not appear that their injuries are life-threatening.

So far, authorities have not identified any of the victims or released information on their condition. It’s also not clear if any remain hospitalized.

Crews Spent Hours Working to Douse the Flames

A Washington Gas crew was dispatched to shut off the gas. Firefighters spent hours battling the blaze and working to prevent the flames from reaching nearby homes.

The  fire was brought under control just before 4:00 p.m., once the crew was able to shut off two gas lines feeding the flames.

Washington Gas is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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