Natural gas pipeline ruptures in Rankin County

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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A natural gas pipeline ruptured in Rankin County Friday afternoon.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the incident happened on MS 468 near MS 469. Traffic is being diverted in the area.

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey said a tree struck by lightening fell on a gas meter and caused the leak.

MHP said drivers should find an alternate route until the area is safe and the highway reopens.

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