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Breaking: "One person is dead and at least five were injured in central Kentucky after a gas line ruptured and produced a fireball that could be seen around the region early Thursday," NBC News reports.

  • The big picture: That explosion, and two refinery explosions in as many weeks underscore the inherent risk we take with our dependence on combustible fuels for our lives.