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Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

OPAL, Wyo. — A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.

Malik says no structures in the town have been affected, and the fire is confined to the area operated by an energy company.

Authorities received the first reports of the explosion and fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the facility operated by Williams Partners LP.

A company spokesman says all employees have been accounted for.

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