5 workers hurt in Houston-area natural gas line explosion

Five workers have been injured when a natural gas line exploded in a residential neighborhood southeast of Houston.

The blast occurred as employees for a Houston-area pipeline company under contract with CenterPoint Energy were working along a line Thursday.

CenterPoint said in a statement that the injured workers were taken to a Galveston hospital following the incident in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe police Lt. Greg Boody told KHOU-TV in Houston that two men were airlifted with severe burns and listed in critical condition. Three others were taken by ambulance and their conditions were not known.

Officials have not revealed what caused the pipeline to rupture.

Messages left Friday for Boody and CenterPoint for additional information were not immediately returned.

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