Fire Still Burning a Day After Pipeline Blast

Posted at 3:06 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 15:06:00-04

HELENA, Ala. (AP) -  From 3,000 feet in the air, a flame can be seen still burning in a haze of smoke a day after a pipeline explosion left a charred scene in an Alabama forest.

An AP photographer flew over the site Tuesday morning and saw the flame, the smoke and trucks parked near the Colonial pipeline that were covered in gray ash.

Monday's blast killed one worker and injured several others. Investigators have not determined a cause.

Photographer Brynn Anderson said the blackened earth and a large area of charred trees are surrounded by other trees just beyond the burned area that are awash in fall colors, a stark contrast.


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Colonial Pipeline says it has restarted one of its two main pipelines after an explosion in Alabama, but anticipates that its main gasoline line will remain down the rest of this week.

The Georgia-based company said in a statement Tuesday that it restarted its Line 2, which transports diesel, jet fuel and other products, around 11 a.m. Central Time Tuesday.

Colonial shut down both of its main lines after Monday's blast, which killed a worker and injured several others.

A Colonial Pipeline leak last month led to gas shortages and rising prices across the South.

After the September leak, Colonial said it made up some of the gasoline shortfall by sending gas through the line that usually carries diesel and jet fuel. The company has not said whether it intends to do so again.