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Gas-line blast at California shooting range injures 11

Gas-line explosion at Central California sheriff's shooting range leaves 11 injured
Scott Smith And Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. - A natural gas pipeline explosion at a California sheriff's gun range shot flames well over 100 feet into the air, left 11 people injured and brought traffic on a busy highway to a halt, authorities and witnesses said.

The explosion on a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipe happened at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range while an equipment operator was using a front-loader to build a dirt berm to confine gunfire to the range, the sheriff's department said. A group of county jail inmates were doing cleanup work nearby and most were injured in the blast.

Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

4 in critical condition in gas blast that closed both directions of Central California highway
Scott Smith, The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, at least three of them critically, authorities said.

It was not clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range that brought traffic in the area to a halt. But authorities say a work crew that included jail inmates was working with heavy equipment at the time.

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