UW 30 reopening in Lincoln County after gas explosion

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Opal, WY (AP)- Authorities are reopening a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 30 in Lincoln County.

The highway between Kemmerer and its junction with Interstate 80 had been closed since an explosion and fire Wednesday afternoon at a natural gas processing plant in Opal.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says the plant is about a quarter mile off the highway.

Malik says railroad tracks in the area also have been reopened.

However, some 95 residents of the small town remained evacuated Thursday morning because a fire was still burning at the plant.

Malik says a community meeting was scheduled for Thursday afternoon to keep residents up to date on the situation.

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