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Large pipeline collapses at Rolls-Royce plant on Indy's southwest side

Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 04, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Several buildings were evacuated after a large pipeline collapsed at a manufacturing plant on Indianapolis' southwest side Friday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were called to the Rolls-Royce North American Technologies building on Tibbs Avenue just before noon. 

Wayne Township Fire Department Captain Mike Pruitt said a high-pressured air-handling pipeline collapsed on the property, possibly after a high-pressure air release. 

The piping structure was about 200-feet long and also damaged an outside building on the property. 

Several nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution but Captain Pruitt said no gases were found inside the pipes. No injuries have been reported and all workers were accounted for. 

Rolls-Royce engineers and WTFD fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the collapse. 

According to their website, The Rolls-Royce Indianapolis plant builds more Rolls-Royce products than anywhere else in the world. 

Approximately 4,000 employees work at the Indianapolis plant in manufacturing, assembly, test, engineering and a variety of other support roles.