6 hospitalized after Texas pipeline explosion

Southwest

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NewsNation) — A pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi’s port and refinery district left six people injured Friday.

Pipeline fire reported about 8 a.m. Friday near Nueces Bay, the northern part Corpus Christi. (Courtesy of Nueces County Emergency Service District #2)

All six people were all transported to a hospital, said Corpus Christi Fire Department Chief Robert Rocha, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Details about the extent of their injuries is unknown. Two additional people refused treatment, Rocha said.

Corpus Christi Police Department Deputy Chief Billy Breedlove said a barge hit a pipeline which resulted in an explosion, according to the newspaper.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Fire officials first received word of the fire at about 8 a.m. near Nueces Bay, which is in the northern part of the city. Flames and a large plume of black smoke were visible.

“We’re trying to get a headcount of everybody that may have been involved or anybody who may have been around when the incident occurred,” Rocha said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

NewsNation affiliate KXAN and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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