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Pipeline fire lights up sky in western Illinois

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ERIE, Ill. (AP) - A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations.

Scott Melton is Erie's assistant fire chief. He says the massive fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday after residents heard a blast. The towering flames could be seen for miles.

The pipeline was carrying a mixture of ethane and propane.

About 80 families living within a mile radius of the fire were evacuated, By Tuesday morning all but two families were allowed back home.

Melton says crews are waiting for the remaining gas to burn off and says workers with the pipeline owner, Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners, are investigating the cause of the fire.

No one was injured.

Erie is 27 miles northeast of Davenport, Iowa.

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