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A fog of smoke covers the trees near an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Helena, Ala. The pipeline explosion occurred on Monday. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened about a mile west of where the pipeline ruptured in September, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Colonial Pipeline was restarted nearly a week after an explosion in Alabama



The Colonial Pipeline, which was damaged in an explosion in Alabama last week, is back in service, the pipeline company said Sunday. 

Service was restarted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, but the Colonial Pipeline Co. said in a press release that it will take several days for fuel delivery to return to normal. 

Last week's explosion in Shelby County, Alabama,  prompted officials to shut down the main gasoline pipeline, a 5,500-mile system that delivers 2.5 million barrels of fuel each day.

According to ABC News, government officials and a spokesperson for the Colonial Pipeline Co. said the explosion was caused by a piece of excavation equipment hitting the pipeline. 

Anthony Lee Willingham, of Heflin, Alabama, was killed in the explosion. Four others were injured and remain in the hospital. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the pipeline explosion. Investigators plan to visit the company's office in Alpharetta, Georgia, as well. 

So far, Monday's explosion has caused the price of gas to rise 7 cents in Georgia and 2 cents in Tennessee, Garrett Townsend with AAA in Georgia said in a statement. 

Monday's explosion was the second incident along a section of the pipeline that is more than 50 years old.

Less than two months ago, about 250,000 gallons of gasoline were spilled because of a leak in the pipeline. 

America's oil and gas pipelines are getting really old. Here's why that's bad.

WATCH | America's massive network of oil and gas pipelines is getting older, making incidents like last week's deadly pipeline explosion in Alabama more common. 

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