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Hooker gas line explodes sending one to Lubbock burn unit

HOOKER, OK (KFDA) -

An abandoned natural gas line in Hooker exploded Wednesday sending one man to a Lubbock burn unit.

Officials said the gas line, which is owned by the City of Hooker, had a gas pocket in an area where construction workers were digging. At the time of the explosion, one man working for Bennett Brother's Construction out of Beaver was down in the hole.

The man, who has not been identified, was reportedly burned on his arm and the side of his face. He was taken to an area hospital and later flown to Lubbock for treatment at the burn center.

The gas line was formerly owned by WTG out of Beaver, but was purchased close to 15 years ago by the City of Hooker.

It's believed sparks during the dig ignited the natural gas from the pocket, which then exploded.

The tractor driver with the construction company is said to be uninjured.
 

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