5 hurt in gas explosion at Kansas oil field

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SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. (KAKE) -

Five people were hospitalized following a gas explosion at an oil field in western Kansas. 

The explosion happened at around 7:30 a.m. MT, southwest of Sharon Springs in Wallace County. Chief Jay Sharp with Rural Fire District 2 said workers were checking the gas with a test bit when something caused the gas to leak out of a pipe fitting. 

Something electrical caused the gas to ignite. 

Two people were badly burned, Chief Sharp said, and three others suffered less severe injuries. 

Sharp said there was a Murfin Drilling rig on site, and none of the men involved are from the area. 

The scene has since been cleared. 

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