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SMITHVILLE, Mo. – Authorities say an investigation into the cause of a fiery pipeline rupture in Missouri will have to wait until the heat from the blaze subsides.

Sgt. Jeffrey Shanks of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that repairs have not yet begun on the pipeline that ignited the previous night on cropland just north of Kansas City International Airport.

No one was injured in the fire.

The Kansas City Fire Department says the pipeline carries ethane and propane.

Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners says it’s investigating and that the affected pipeline segment has been isolated. Enterprise owns the pipeline’s operator, Mid-America Pipeline Co.

Kansas City International spokesman Joe McBride says the blaze didn’t affect flights at the airport and that it wasn’t on airport property.