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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion & Fire Reported In Ellsworth County

Authorities are on the scene of a large natural gas explosion in Ellsworth County this afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for Northern Natural Gas, the explosion was started by a gas leak in a pipeline near 23rd Road and Avenue D approximately 1:30 p.m. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the explosion occurred in a pasture near I-70 mile marker 222. Northern Natural Gas reports gas is turned off in the pipeline.

First responders are on the scene, and report that the explosion and fire pose no threat to public safety. Service interruptions are not expected from this incident.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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