Federal officials and a Texas company are investigating a pipeline explosion in western Illinois that sent flames hundreds of feet in the air and left a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield.
The blast occurred around 11:15 p.m. Monday near the town of Erie. There were no injuries, but dozens of residents were evacuated for several hours. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Tuesday that an inspector was en route to the site. Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners owns the pipeline. A spokesman says it’s too soon to say what caused the explosion.
He says the pipeline was carrying a mixture of ethane and propane from Iowa City to a petrochemical plant in Morris.