Santa Maria - North County

CO2 pipe ruptures at produce facility in Santa Maria

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Firefighters responded to a reported explosion at produce facility in Santa Maria early Saturday morning.

Engines from Santa Maria City Fire and Haz-Mat crew from Santa Barbara County Fire responded to Windset Farms at 1650 South Black Road just before 5 a.m.

The explosion sound turned out to be from a CO2 pipe buried in the ground that ruptured. The leak was near a greenhouse and away from any storage tanks.

A worker at the facility was able to turn the valves off to stop the flowing gas. Vapor from the rupture gas line dissipated in a few minutes.

No fire or flare occurred. The only damage at the plant was from the ruptured pipe.

Black Road was shut down briefly for fire equipment. A Haz-Mat crew responded but was canceled before arriving.

An employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

It's unclear what caused the pipe to rupture. The area was determined to be safe for limited use that would allow for clean up and repair.

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