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Explosion, fire force evacuation of Wyoming town

A small Wyoming town has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.

The explosion occurred at the Williams Gas Plant, the Unita County Herald reported.

Malik says no structures in the town have been affected, and the fire is confined to the area operated by an energy company.

Authorities received the first reports of the explosion and fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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