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PG&E: No Leaks Found in Fresno County Gas Line That Exploded

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a gas pipeline that exploded in Central California had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found.

PG&E said Sunday that its crews did a ground survey of the pipe on April 1, and an aerial survey on April 16. The utility has said a vehicle damaged the pipeline.

Authorities say Friday’s explosion on a Fresno County Sheriff’s gun range occurred while a county equipment operator was building up a dirt berm. PG&E said it detected a drop in pressure in the line seven minutes before it received a report of the explosion.

The blast sent 11 people to the hospital, four of them with critical injuries.