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Crews seek cause of piping collapse at Rolls-Royce plant

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A release of air under high pressure may have caused the collapse of a piping structure Friday morning on the city’s southwest side, Wayne Township Fire Department said.

Capt. Michael Pruitt, the department’s public information officer, said firefighters were called to Rolls-Royce Plant 8, 2001 S. Tibbs Ave., at 11:40 a.m. Crews found a 200-foot high-pressure piping structure had collapsed.

A high-pressure air release prior to or during the collapse is believed to have projected a part of the piping several hundred feet, severely damaging an outbuilding at the plant, Pruitt said. Plant walls adjacent to the piping structure sustained minor structural damage.

The fire department released drone footage of the facility on Twitter.

Fire investigators and Rolls-Royce engineers were working to find out the cause. Rolls Royce has been working to upgrade the facility.

No one was injured and no hazardous materials were released, the fire captain said.

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