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Aug 15, 2012 6:23 PM by Lacey Steele

Gas well rupture kills one in Fort Lupton

Authorities say one person is dead and three others have minor injuries after a rupture at a natural gas well north of Fort Lupton.

Weld County sheriff's Sgt. Tim Schwartz says pressure apparently caused one or more pieces of equipment to break loose Wednesday afternoon.

Schwartz says there was no fire.

Encana Corp., which operates the well, characterizes the incident as a high-pressure gas release.

The company says the cause hasn't been determined.

Encana says the three injured workers were taken to a Greeley hospital.

No names have been released.

Schwartz says the person who died was a 60-year-old man.

Fort Lupton is about 25 miles north of downtown Denver.

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