Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

Courtesy: Rachel Anderson
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Opal, WY (AP) - Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.

No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people. The entire town was evacuated.

Gas from the plant serves a huge number of customers across the West and as far east as Ohio. Officials say the explosion came between the winter heating and summer cooling seasons, when demand is lower.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast.

The explosion was reported at about 2 p.m. and the fire burned into the night. It wasn't clear when residents would be allowed to go home.

No structures outside the plant were damaged.

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