Methane gas explosion damages Kansas City treatment plant

11 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, January 04 2018 Jan 4, 2018 Thursday, January 04, 2018 7:14:00 PM CST January 04, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press
(Photo courtesy: KSHB)

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Fire officials say a build-up of methane gas caused an explosion at a Kansas City wastewater treatment plant.

No injuries were reported.

Brooke Givens, spokeswoman for the city's water department, said the Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant was damaged by the Wednesday explosion but it remained in operation.

The explosion occurred near the plant's rear door and damage was reported in the hallway and stairwell. A monetary damage estimate was not immediately available.

Methane gas is a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process. Givens says the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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