One person injured, others unaccounted for in Coolidge explosion

15August 2021

COOLIDGE, Ariz. — One woman is injured while others are unaccounted for in a reported explosion near Coolidge. 

Coolidge’s city manager said the explosion, near SR 87 and E. Randolph Rd, involved a Kinder Morgan major gas line. Officials believe the explosion was related to a gas line break. 

A woman from a rural farm house near the explosion was seriously burned. A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy found the woman walking on a dirt road. 

PCSO said at least one home caught on fire in the area. 

The woman told deputies two others were in the home but were unaccounted for. 

Kinder Morgan, one of the largest infrastructure companies in the country, said in a statement that their El Paso Natural Gas Company experienced a pipeline failure around 5:30 a.m. The fire at the site has since been extinguished and all of their employees have been accounted for, Kinder Morgan said. 

Previous reports from officials suggested there was a gas line worker unaccounted for.

Kinder Morgan went on to say in the statement: 

“The company has deployed employees to the area and has isolated the impacted pipeline segment. The company is coordinating with local first responders and relevant state and federal agencies, and an investigation into the cause of the failure will be conducted.”

Around 5:45 a.m., officials said multiple residents called in about the loud explosion.

Fire from the explosion closed the north and southbound lanes of State Route 87 for a short time, however lanes are now reopened. Coolidge police is advising people to avoid the area. 

Nearby gas lines were shut off, which may affect customers in the area. There are no reported power outages related to the incident. 

Animal control from Pinal County was also called out to the area for injured livestock. 

There is no known cause of the explosion and officials may not determine one for a while.

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