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Crews trying to contain spilled jet fuel in Tampa

TAMPA — Emergency officials were working Sunday to contain 31,500 gallons of jet fuel released into a creek when a pipeline from Tampa to Orlando ruptured Friday night.

A section of 10-inch pipeline broke at about 7:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Williams Road, near Mango, officials with Central Florida Pipeline reported.

Though the exact cause of the leak was being investigated, a third party conducting excavation work may be to blame, according to officials with Kinder Morgan, the contractor operating the pipeline.

Emergency crews stopped the leak about 9 p.m. Saturday by placing a temporary sleeve over the ruptured line, said Emily Mir Thompson, a spokeswoman for Central Florida Pipeline. Crews began pumping the fuel out of the line Sunday morning in preparation for a replacement pipe.

Central Florida Pipeline was using booms and other equipment to stop the spill from reaching the Tampa Bypass Canal.

Authorities were also on the scene monitoring the air quality, along with biologists who were assessing the environmental impact from the spill, officials said. Although many in the area draw drinking water from wells, the spill does not pose a threat to them, Thompson said.

The pipeline supplies petroleum products to the Orlando area, including some to Orlando International Airport, officials said. The shutdown has not affected the supply of fuel at the airport, Thompson said.

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