Colonial reopens pipeline after fatal explosion

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. — A pipeline in rural Alabama that ruptured and exploded is now back up and running, according to WTVC.

The Colonial Pipeline said it restarted the line around 5:45 a.m. Sunday, but it may take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal.

On Monday, the pipeline, which is a vital fuel supply source for people throughout the U.S. East Coast, killed one person and injured five others, leaving people in limbo on its effects on gas prices.

The subcontractors were attempting to flush out the lines. When they started to dig, that is when the explosion happened, according to AL.com.

In early September, part of the pipeline was closed for nearly two weeks because of a huge gasoline leak. That caused gas prices to spike by 28 cents in Georgia and 17 cents in Tennessee, also affecting North and South Carolina.

Monday’s fire started several miles from the area in Shelby County, Alabama, where the September spill happened. The blaze erupted after a crew working on the pipeline hit it with a track hoe, causing gasoline to ignite.