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'Huge explosion' reported in New Orleans

A gas pipeline rupture caused a large explosion in Washington Parish near New Orleans this morning.

Witnesses reported hearing a blast and seeing a bright orange light in the sky around 5.30am local time.

Florida Gas, who own the pipeline, confirmed a rupture as the cause of the blast. The blaze has been extinguished and Louisiana Fire Marshall Butch Browning said there were no injuries.

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