Natural gas pipeline blast kills one in Texas: Official

Natural gas pipeline blast kills one in Texas: Official Washington: A construction worker died and eight others were injured when a punctured natural gas pipeline exploded in Texas, officials said.

Cleburne City Manager Chester Nolen initially said that the blast had killed three people and left 10 missing near Cleburne, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dallas, Texas yesterday.

A crew building power lines struck the pipeline, unleashing an explosion and a huge fireball that shot hundreds of feet (dozens of metres) into the sky, according to officials.

The fire raged for hours, fueling a massive plume of smoke before it was finally extinguished.

"We do know it started when they were drilling a hole for a large electrical pole, one of the big metal ones, and they struck a natural gas pipeline and that triggered the explosion," Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Snow told in confirming the final count.

Emergency crews found the body of a subcontractor who had been missing after the blast. The explosion threw his body about 200 yards (meters) from the site, according to Snow.

Eight workers were transported to hospital, most with minor burn injuries.