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Tioga Explosion Under Investigation

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There was some good news from that natural gas and explosion south of Tioga last night. No one was hurt in that massive fireball at a Highland Partners processing site.

Investigators say it appears to have been caused by a rupture pipeline. While four fire trucks and an ambulance responded, they all stood back and let the fire burn itself out.

"We decided that we would just play this on a defensive firefighter role, so we let the fire burn while the company started shutting off valves that would supply natural gas to the fire. Once they got all the valves shut off, the fire gradually went down and down and down. We basically didn't squirt any water at all on the fire," says Tioga volunteer fire fighter Randall Pederson.

People from as far away as Arnegard and Sidney, Montana, were able to see the flames in the night sky.

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