Two men were hurt when authorities say the piece of equipment they were operating hit a natural gas line causing an explosion and fire in a Plymouth County, Iowa farm field, Wednesday.
At 1:46 p.m., the Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says the men, who haven't been identified, were working with a trencher, digging a trench for drain tile, when they hit the 24-inch natural gas line operated by Northern Natural Gas, of Omaha, Nebraska.
The explosion and fire that followed raged for 85-minutes in the corn field at 31615 Marble Ave., which is east of Hinton, Iowa. Northern Natural Gas crews closed valves at either end of the effected pipeline segment, and let the remaining gas in the line burn off.
VanOtterloo says the men suffered "non life-threatening injuries", and were rushed to Sioux City's Mercy Medical Center for treatment.
At this point, Northern Natural Gas spokesman Mike Lefler say the explosion, fire, and line shutdown hasn't effected any of its retail customers. Those customers are energy companies, like MidAmerican Energy.