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Gas line puncture sparked Ruidoso mill explosion, state agency says

Eddie Garcia
December 20, 2017 06:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Pipeline Safety Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission said Wednesday the agency is investigating a probable violation of excavation law in relation to Tuesday's gas explosion at the historic Old Dowlin Mill.

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According to the agency, preliminary findings indicate that Public Service Company of New Mexico crews punctured a 2-inch Zia Gas Company main. The agency states that the leaking gas migrated into the mill, where it was exposed to an ignition source resulting in an explosion.

The blast sparked a fire that destroyed the mill, the oldest building in Ruidoso. A PNM spokesman said KOB the company is working with investigators.

"We're really grateful that no one was hurt. We're fully cooperating with the investigation into what happened and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time," said Dan Ware, PNM spokesman.

KOB also reached out to Zia Gas. So far there has been no response.

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