Colonial shuts down gas pipeline after blast in Alabama

Oct. 31, 2016: AAA says gas futures are already up 5 percent following a pipeline explosion and fire in Alabama that injured at least seven workers.

HELENA, ALA. - Colonial Pipeline says in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after an explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham.

The Georgia-based company said in the brief statement Monday evening that its top priorities are the health and safety of its work crews at the scene and protecting the public.

Authorities say at least seven workers have been injured in the explosion on the gas pipeline that sent flames soaring over a forest in the rural area.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the explosion happened about a mile west of the spot where the pipeline burst last month. That rupture led to gasoline shortages across the South.

The company's statement did not address how Monday's explosion might affect the availability of gasoline and said more information would be released as it becomes available.

Stephanie Milani, a spokesperson with AAA in East Tennessee, said Monday that gasoline futures were already up five percent since news of the pipeline explosion. 

"It's not a guarantee but motorists could see higher prices in the near future," Milani told WBIR 10News.

The Colonial Pipeline is one source of fuel for the state of Tennessee.

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(© 2016 WBIR)


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