Gas prices start to rise after pipeline blast

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HELENA, Ala. (CNN) – Gas prices are starting to rise after a fatal explosion shut down a vital pipeline earlier this week.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas was up three cents a gallon in Georgia and nearly two cents a gallon in South Carolina.

The Colonial Pipeline ruptured Monday when an Alabama construction crew hit it with a piece of heavy equipment.

The pipeline runs from refineries in Houston all the way to terminals in New Jersey.

Traders were afraid the pipeline blast might disrupt supplies for weeks.

Governors in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina issued orders Tuesday waiving some limits for fuel truck drivers in efforts to avoid shortages and prevent prices from skyrocketing.

The same pipeline was shut for eleven days in September to repair a leak.

Hundreds of stations in the region ran out of gas and prices spiked by as much as 28 cents a gallon in Georgia.

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