Colonial: Pipeline damaged in explosion repaired, returned to service

Colonial pipeline set to restart Sunday

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. -- Days after a deadly explosion shut down a major southeast gasoline pipeline, officials confirm that the line is back in service.

Officials said the line was restarted around 5:45 a.m. local time after repairs were completed. It's expected to take several days for fuel delivery to return to normal.

On Monday, nine contractors were operating on a section of pipeline in Shelby County, Ala. when they struck the line and caused an explosion. The incident killed one person and injured several more.

Officials shut down that line, the same one that suffered a leak in September and caused gas prices in South Carolina to soar, while they worked to assess and repair Line 1. A secondary line that transports jet fuel was also shut down after the explosion, but was reopened the same day.

Colonial Pipeline anticipated that the line would reopen this weekend and had plans in place in case that deadline wasn't met. 

So far, it appears that the explosion has had no environmental impact on the area.

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