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UPDATE: 5 Hurt, 400 Evacuated After Plymouth Plant Fire

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UPDATE: PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) - Officials along the Washington-Oregon border say a large explosion that rocked a natural gas processing plant injured five workers, caused about 400 people to leave nearby farms and homes, and sent up a black cloud visible for more than a mile.

The Monday morning blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near the Washington town of Plymouth sparked a fire and punctured one of the facility's two giant storage tanks for liquefied natural gas.

Benton Fire District 1 Capt. Jeff Ripley says one worker with burn injuries was taken to a burn center while another four people were taken to local medical facilities.

By Monday night, the evacuation zone had been reduced from a 2-mile radius to a 1-mile radius. Road and river restrictions have been lifted.

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PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.
   
Benton County Sheriff Steven Keane says the fire from the 8:20 a.m. blast has been put out.
   
He says the explosion sent a mushroom-shaped cloud towering into the air, and shrapnel punctured a liquefied natural gas tank. Some gas leaked but did not ignite.
   
Deputies went door to door throughout Plymouth, along the Columbia River, and evacuated people in a 2-mile radius.
   
Buses were provided for those without cars, and a shelter was set up across the river in Oregon at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds. As part of the evacuation, Highway 14 and railroad tracks were shut down.

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