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An oil field exploded in Basra Iraq [Iraq Oil Report ; Published September 20, 2011]; Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

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List of comment about gas explosion, in order of posted time; as of 2011-09-01

 

1) SOMERVILLE, Ohio, US; "Investigation continues in house collapse"

2) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. US; "Bakersfield resident hurt in natural gas explosion"

3) Pompton Lakes, NJ, US; "Update: Suspected gas explosion levels home in Pompton Lakes [raw video]"

4) Brantford, Ontario, Canada; "Natural gas explosion levelled Brantford house: fire marshal"

5) Warren, MI, US; "City of Warren Home Explosion Underscores Need for Natural Gas Safety"

6) Castleford, West Yorkshire, UK; "Dramatic footage shows huge gas explosion at Yorkshire home"

7) Warren Park, Harare, Zimbabwe; "2 seriously injured in Warren Park gas explosion"

8) Logan City, south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house"

9) Herscher, IL, US; Douglasville, GA, US; "This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011"

10) "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house" [See 8)]

11) Lakeview, MI, US; "Explosion inside Lakeview house causes fire, couple escapes with minor injuries"

12) Newborough, Victoria, Australia; "Gas blast destroys Newborough garage"

13) Cato, Montcalm, MI, US; "Couple escapes house explosion"

14) Glenrock, Converse, WY, US; "Oilfield explosion claims three"

15) St. Augustine, Fla, US; "Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'"

 

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* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

We'll be seeing an uptick in unusual home and business gas explosions and I'm trying to locate specific ZT on the matter.  Below is a refresher for the many gas related news articles.

http://zetatalk5.com/index/blog0214.htm

SOZT

Fault lines, when adjusting, do not just rip apart one day during a dramatic earthquake. They most often creep. Laying gas lines along or across a fault line is asking for an accident of this sort. Fault lines are also seldom so clearly delineated that one can go a mile in this or that direction and avoid their action. Where a slip-slide fault such as the San Andreas will often leave a clear line on the surface, this is only the surface action, not what occurs in the rock layers on either side which can fracture for a long way to either side during any movement. The gas company, or the age of the pipes, will be faulted but in truth the finger should be pointed in many directions. The public, who insist on living at such a scenic spot, is to blame. Officials, who zoned for housing are to blame. The public utility company, for allowing gas lines in the area, is to blame. But this will change nothing, while man continues to live on the San Andreas, even as it awakens. EOZT

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/18sp2010.htm

SOZT

The danger from radon gas will not be increased as a result of the pole shift. Radon gas is emitted by rock containing uranium, which is degrading. In normal circumstances, where air can circulate, it is disbursed rapidly as is any methane created by decay of organic material. The danger from these gasses comes from confinement - being trapped in a mine, a basement, or beneath the permafrost. The dangers are well known. For methane, it is explosions. An accumulation of methane gas can be identified by the smell of rotten eggs, or as some have described it, dirty socks or cabbage soup. For radon gas the danger is lung cancer, from the continual exposure to the radioactive air. Radon gas is odorless, and cannot be detected except by specialized equipment not in the hands of the average person.

In that the pole shift, or the Earth changes preceding the pole shift, can fracture rock and release pockets of either gas, survivors should be cautious about huddling in bunkers. You are safer out in the open air, or in a trench you have dug that will allow the pole shift winds to pass over you, but nothing to fall on and crush you. The fact that both methane gas and radon gas can accumulate in the bunkers of the elite is one of the reasons we have stated that they have dug their own graves. EOZT

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/12mr2011.htm

 

* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT

Anyone watching the news, for instance the news on the San Bruno explosion in a distribution line close to the San Andreas Fault line, knows that gas in any form is a danger. Oil and gas refineries explode when rigid piping cracks. Oil or gas wells explode when the ground around them moves. And the gas distribution lines running under cities are no exception. They likewise will explode. Gas lines, whether along the street or within a home, are rigid. In some cases automatic shutoff valves can limit the amount of gas available for an explosion by sensing a drop in pressure, but this is always after the fact. The explosion has already occurred. Utilizing gas on a planet prone to earthquakes was a mistake to begin with, but man never thinks of the consequences when striving for modern conveniences. We have advised turning off the gas at the street, though when the street explodes and your neighbor's homes are on fire you are not likely to escape the holocaust. A better alternative is to live in an area where gas is not available, as in your rural safe location where you will be doing a form of camping while gardening. A campfire at night, for cooking and washing and a bit of friendly light before bed. Nothing explosive. EOZT

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/02oc2010.htm

 

* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT Answer: It is no accident that the New Madrid fault lies under the Mississippi River near Memphis, as rivers form in lowlands created when land pulls apart, separating the rock fingers and weakening support for the land. Thus, the Ohio River bed also is an indication of where rock fingers will pull apart. Two adjustments in Kentucky, a day apart, are not an accident, but an indication of the speed at which the stretch zone is starting to adjust. Rail lines are frequently an early harbinger of such adjustments, as they run long distances, whereas structures within cities, such as tall buildings, take up relatively little space and have a small footprint. Our warning that imploding cities will be experienced, before the hour of the shift, are in this regard. Be warmed, it will not just be your rail lines and gas and water mains that will shatter and be pulled apart during the stretch. The foundations of your tall buildings will likewise be vulnerable.EOZT

http://www.zetatalk5.com/newsletr/issue008.htm

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[Original post on January 20, 2011]

Original title: Gas explosion kills 1, injures 5 in Philadelphia

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/19/pennsylvania.gas.explosion/index.h...

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The explosion occurred in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood
  • The blast killed one utilities worker and injured five other people
  • Some of the injuries are serious

(CNN) -- A gas main explosion in Philadelphia Tuesday evening killed one utilities worker and injured five other people, a fire department official said.

Philadelphia Gas Works employees were responding to a gas main break in the city's Tacony neighborhood when the explosion occurred, fire department spokesman Jim Smith said.

"They were trying to control it and found a source of ignition," according to Smith, who said four PGW employees and a firefighter were among the injured. He said some of the gas workers' injuries were serious.

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https://abc7chicago.com/rockford-house-explosion-kills-1-injures-2-...

Rockford house explosion kills 1, injures 2 others

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLS) -- A man was killed and two other men were injured in a house explosion in Rockford Monday evening.

Rockford fire officials said they received 30 to 40 911 calls about an explosion at a home in the 2800-block of Lapey Street.

When emergency crews responded to the scene, they found a large fire inside what they described as an apartment building.
Fire officials said two of the men were thrown from the building into the front yard and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Fire officials described their injuries as serious, but gave no further details.
Another man was found under debris near the front area of the home after the fire had been put out, and was pronounced dead, fire officials said.
Fire officials said the relationship between the three victims was not yet known.
No further details about the explosion and its cause has been released.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Monday

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/home-explosion-hospitalizes...

Explosion destroys Kingston home, sends 1 man to the hospital

The TBI Bomb and Arson team, Roane County District Attorney's team, and others were called to investigate.
12:54 PM EDT September 28, 2020

KINGSTON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Kingston Police Department are investigating after a home explosion sent one man to the hospital early Monday morning.

A Roane County Sheriff's deputy heard the explosion around 4:15 a.m. and called it in. Multiple emergency crews responded to the home located at 731 Gallaher Road.

Captain Tony Guy with the Kingston Police Department said the explosion destroyed the home and flung debris or several hundred yards around it. Several other nearby homes were damaged.

Guy said a 24-year-old man with injuries was located on the property and was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

The TBI Bomb and Arson team, Roane County District Attorney's team, and others were called to investigate. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

The Kingston Police Department is utilizing a drone to access the large-scale field of debris. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Monday

https://www.powderbulksolids.com/industrial-fires-explosions/five-k...

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Five Killed in Chemical Plant Explosion

Five people were killed and another injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Tianmen City, Hubei Province on Monday afternoon.

According to authorities, the plant makes compounds that are used in the manufacturing of drugs.

Emergency crews were at the scene.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Sunday

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/one-killed-...

One killed, 6 hurt in explosion at house in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura
SEP 26 2020, 17:52 IST
A man was killed and six members of his family were injured in an explosion at their house in a Mathura village, police said on Saturday.
The injured included three women and a child, police said, adding the incident took place at Surir Kalan village on Friday night. The Mathura chief fire officer has been asked to probe the incident and submit a report at the earliest, SSP Gaurav Gro...
and another:
https://www.swtimes.com/news/20200927/girl-dead-3-family-members-hu...

Girl dead, 3 family members hurt in Oklahoma house explosion

9 27 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — A girl was killed and her parents and brother were injured when their home in Oklahoma City exploded Thursday morning, fire officials said.

The coroner has identified the girl as Berklee Maguire, 14. Her parents and brother were hospitalized with burns, said District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson.

The explosion occurred just before 7 a.m. in northeast Oklahoma City and destroyed the home while also damaging at least three nearby houses, Fulkerson said.

“When we arrived there was no active fire, it was a completely leveled home with debris up and down the street,” Fulkerson said.

Neighbor Patti Wommer said Shawn Maguire, the girl’s father said he plugged in a coffee pot, received a shock and the house exploded.

“We heard Shawn, the dad crying because he couldn’t find his family and he couldn’t see. We helped him through the street. Another neighbor helped the mother, the wife. And another neighbor helped the son. And then we couldn’t find the daughter,” Wommer said.

The blast may have been caused by an illegal log lighter in the fireplace, said Nicholas Nadeau, safety code enforcement officer with the Oklahoma State Liquified Petroleum Gas Administration, which is leading the investigation. The device had a faulty pilot safety shutoff and the pilot light went out, filling multiple rooms with propane gas vapor, he said.




Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Sunday

http://www.frackcheckwv.net/2020/09/26/natural-gas-explosion-betwee...

Natural Gas EXPLOSION Between Old & New Pipelines in WV Eastern Panhandle

Mountaineer Gas Pipeline Exploded in Martinsburg, West Virginia

SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

From the Editor of Morgan County USA, September 21, 2020

A Mountaineer Gas pipeline in Martinsburg, West Virginia exploded this afternoon at about 3:15 p.m. on the Sentz family property on Salvation Road. Anne and Benjamin Sentz were working from home and watching workers dig a trench for a new pipeline that was running by an old pipeline that had gas in it.

“My husband and I were working from home today,” Anne Sentz told Morgan County USA. “We were standing in our kitchen looking out our window watching them dig. We kept an eye on the people doing the work ever since they started. We happened to be watching them dig. They were digging really deep. We heard a bang like they hit metal. All of a sudden there was a loud explosion. Pressurized gas shot up 80 to 100 feet into the air. Six or seven workers just scattered.”

“My husband grabbed me and said – we need to get out of here. I grabbed one dog and he grabbed the other. We just ran to our car. While we were on our way to our car, a worker came to the front of our house and said we needed to go. We just left. I left the door open. We were out of there in 30 seconds. We just drove away. We didn’t know if our house was going to explode or what. We kept on driving. I drove all the way to Shepherdstown.”

“I called 911. They had already received a call about the incident. They put me through to the fire department. I talked to someone from the fire department. They told me they would give me a call when it was safe to come back to the house. It’s 5:30 and we are still not back. We haven’t received the call yet that it is all clear.”

“They had to evacuate in a 330 foot radius we were told. Our neighbors to the right of us were evacuated. Maybe the person across the road was evacuated. I’m not exactly sure how many people were evacuated. Maybe three homes.”

Anne Sentz said that Mountaineer Gas has an easement through their property that is decades old. “It predates our ownership of the property. It predates the house being built. We didn’t grant them the easement.”

“There had been an old pipeline that runs through our yard. We are not even a natural gas customer. It just happens to run through our property. It was being used by Mountaineer Gas to deliver gas to other customers.”

“We were told by Mountaineer Gas months ago that they were upgrading this old line for safety reasons to put in this larger pipeline. They have been digging all day. It’s my understanding that they are not removing the old pipeline while they are putting the new one in.

“Then you have two pipelines running side by side – an old and a new one. And when they were digging the trench to put the new pipeline in, they hit the old pipeline and that appeared to cause the explosion.”

“I do not believe anyone was hurt. But we left within 30 seconds of it happening. I don’t know. It seems to me from my observation that everyone standing around the site got up and ran away. There was no fire. We haven’t been allowed back onto our property to see if there was property damage. I just don’t know.”

“I’ve been watching this operation for a while,” Sentz said. “I am trying to figure out what is going on. The gas company hasn’t been as transparent as they should be to the property owners and neighbors and people affected by this.”

“I was just at the site at 5 p.m. and could still smell the gas,” said Tracy Cannon. “I’ve been watching the pipeline construction in the Eastern Panhandle closely for two years now. I’ve often been concerned about what I saw. Mountaineer Gas Company has been installing new pipeline on Salvation Road without removing the old pipeline first. I was worried that something could go wrong, but I’m still shocked that this happened. Thankfully no one was injured.”

New pipeline alongside questionable old pipeline

“This incident is an example of the careless manner in which Mountaineer Gas is installing the gas pipeline to Rockwool,” said Christine Wimer, President of Jefferson County Foundation. “We have again and again tried to get Mountaineer Gas to have the pipeline appropriately permitted, but they have refused to do so. The regulators are all too happy to oblige Mountaineer Gas’s obfuscation of the regulatory requirements. The regulators have abandoned their post of protecting the public. This cannot be tolerated.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Saturday

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/24/africa/nigeria-explosion-oil-tanker-...

Nigerian gas tanker explosion kills at least 28

Thu September 24, 2020

Abuja, NigeriaAt least 28 people were killed on Wednesday when a gas tanker exploded in the central Nigerian state of Kogi and started a blaze, a road safety agency official said.

Bisi Kazeem, spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), said nine children were involved in the accident, which happened opposite a petrol station along Lokoja-Zariagi highway in the state.
State governor Yahaya Bello said in a statement the accident, which occurred early on Wednesday, led to loss of lives and destroyed many vehicles, properties and other valuables in the tanker fire.
Fuel tanker accidents are particularly common in Nigeria, where crude supplies are often transported by road.
Last year, at least 50 people died, and 101 people were injured after an overturned tanker exploded in central Nigeria.
More than 60 people were killed in another tanker accident in Anambra state in 2015

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Saturday

https://cbs12.com/news/local/school-evacuated-after-natural-gas-pip...

School evacuated after natural gas pipeline explosion

Thursday, September 24th 2020

A school was evacuated following an explosion of a natural gas pipeline on the northbound side of the Florida Turnpike near Lake Worth Beach.

The blast happened just before 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Businesses nearby, including a hotel and a Dunkin' Donuts were evacuated.

School buses were brought in to evacuate about 450 children from Discovery Key Elementary and take them to Polo Park Middle School, where parents were told they could pick them up.

“It was just nerve-wracking. Absolutely. But we have to do whatever we can do to make it work.," said Kelly Richter, parent of a student at Discovery Key Elementary.

“I figured I’d come rescue my kid. I’m glad she’s safe though. I’m glad nothing really serious happened," said Michelle Gibbons, another parent.

Meanwhile, people who live near the scene of the explosion were told to evacuate.

“I just heard an explosion, went outside to see what happened. It sounded like thunder and when I looked out it was all smoky and I had sand all over my car. It smelled funny, it smelled like gas, when I walked out, it smelled like gas," said Renan Cedeno, who lives not far from the blast.

A driver on the Turnpike says he was going northbound near Lake Worth Road when the explosion happened. He says the blast was so fierce it hurled rocks in the air that shattered the windshields of a truck and another vehicle on the Turnpike.

Sheriff’s deputies blocked eastbound traffic on Lake Worth Road, west of the Turnpike for several hours following the natural gas pipeline explosion.

The owner of a barbershop at the intersection of Lake Worth Road and the Turnpike remembers the moment the blast happened.

“I was cutting a gentleman’s hair when I heard a big blast. "we both jumped out of the chair, we came outside. There was a big yellow cloud and it felt like there was a jet engine airplane with the noise and the way it felt, with the sound and the force of it and right after that we decided you know what, it's probably a good time to get out of here," said Jose Corona, owner of Celebrity Barbershop.

Deputies reopened Lake Worth Road in both directions around 4 p.m. and businesses have been allowed to reopen.

and another:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/719712-two-dead-four-injured-in-no...

Two dead, four injured in North Karachi gas explosion

Sept 25 2020
A man and a woman died while three other women and a minor boy wounded in an explosion that apparently occurred due to gas leakage at their house in North Karachi on Thursday evening.

The explosion occurred at a house located at Sector 5/C-3 in the North Karachi area, within the jurisdiction of Khawaja Ajmair Nagri police station. Following the explosion, ambulances from different welfare organisations reached the scene and moved the victims to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

The deceased was identified as 18-year-old Naveed, son of Rafiq, and 30-year-old Tehseen Bibi, wife of Sajid. The injured are Rehana, 35, wife of Siddiq, Farzana, 38, wife of Amir, Alisha, 17, daughter of Siddiq-e-Omar, and 10-year-old Ahsan, son of Siddiq.

A heavy contingent of the law enforcers also attended the scene and cordoned off the area. Experts from the bomb disposal squad were also called in to examine the explosion site. The initial findings suggested it was a gas explosion that apparently occurred due to gas leakage in the main gas line that was reportedly damaged due to the digging of a sewerage line.

and another:

https://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/explosion-kills-chil...

Explosion kills child, injures 3 at home near Edmond; cause under investigation

Sept 24 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials believe a faulty propane system caused a northeast Oklahoma City home to explode Thursday, leaving one girl dead and three others injured.

Berklee Maguire, 14, was killed, while her father, Shawn, suffered serious injuries. Her mother and brother, Tandy and Hayden, suffered burn injuries.

Oklahoma City Fire Department Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said "(the house) was leveled like an EF5 tornado came through here."

Neighbor Patti Wommer said the father explained how he plugged in a coffee pot and "the house blew up."

and another:

https://www.eveningtribune.com/news/20200924/bath-fire-under-invest...

Bath fire under investigation

Sept 24 2020

BATH — On Thursday at 2:50 p.m. the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a working structure fire at T&R Environmental Services Haz Mat building located next door to T&R Towing on Rt. 415 North of the Village of Bath.

Large plumes of heavy black smoke could be seen for miles.

Assistant Chief Sean Walruth was first on scene and immediately started calling for mutual aid tankers for water and manpower. In all, 16 departments were called to aid in our effort to bring the massive fire under control.

Originally T&R’s Haz Mat building was fully involved in intense flame and heavy black smoke. There were several large fireballs that went high into the sky from the barrels of oil that were exploding. Crews were setup to try to protect the T&R office and dispatch center and the Fred Roberts Auto Parts buildings located on each side of the Haz Mat building. The dispatch building was saved, however the intense heat got into the Fred Roberts Auto building, totally involving that as well due to the heavy load of oil, paint, paint thinner and other flammable materials inside the auto parts store.

It took roughly four hours to bring the fire under control and a few hours more to mop up and extinguish the fire completely. By the time Bath units got back in quarters and got the equipment back in ready condition for calls it was approximately 11:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Bath Volunteer Ambulance was on scene in case of injuries and to monitor firefighters through the duration of the fire. Law enforcement agencies went door to door of the local homes in the immediate area to evacuate them to safety.

Brian Polmanteer, who is the owner of T&R, extended his gratitude to all the departments and everyone that came to help in his time of need. He is just grateful none of his employees or any of the firefighters were seriously hurt during the fire.

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is extremely grateful to all the mutual aid departments that came to help battle this inferno, said the department in a press release, also thanking the following businesses who donated food and water to all the firefighters: Sav-A-Lot, Rico’s Pizza, Angry Oven Pizza, Pizza D, Big D’s & Chef T’s, Pilot Truck Stop, Southern Tier Provisions, Maybe Baby Burgers, Tractor Supply. Also to Mary Seager who is a neighbor to the fire station who came and helped make sandwiches.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 20, 2020 at 5:19am

https://oilcity.news/community/2020/09/19/2-injured-in-explosion-an...

2 INJURED IN EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT REFINERY NEAR EVANSTON SATURDAY

September 19, 2020

CASPER, Wyo — 2 people have been transported to Evanston Regional Hospital with burn injuries following an explosion and fire at the Silver Eagle Refinery east of Evanston, Wyoming, according to a Uinta County Fire and Ambulance social media release Saturday.

The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office and county fire and EMS crews responded around 10:21 a.m. Saturday, September 19 to a report of an explosion at the refinery’s loading rack area, where two trucks were loading at the time of the incident.

The fire was contained to the loading facility and caused no damage to the refinery itself, the agency said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 17, 2020 at 11:51pm

https://en.zamanalwsl.net/news/article/58026/

Explosions spark huge fire in Italian port, no casualties

Europe | 2020-09-16 14:39:18
Explosions and a huge fire ripped through the port area of the Italian city of Ancona early Wednesday, destroying warehouses and lorries, but there were no casualties, firefighters said.
The flames created vast mushroom clouds of smoke in the city on Italy's Adriatic coast.
The explosions sparked the fire shortly after midnight. The blaze was under control Wednesday morning after the intervention of 16 firefighting teams, the fire service said on Twitter.
It was not yet clear what caused the explosions.
Warehouses in the area were likely to have stored flammable liquid, according to Rai news, which said there was a company nearby that produced liquid nitrogen, as well as a power station and methane plant.
As the smell of burning filled Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, the council said it had "temporarily ordered closed all schools, the university, the parks, open-air sports facilities".
and another:

Massive gas main fire investigation underway in Fort Smith

Fort Smith Fire Department arrived on the scene Wednesday night and found a 10-inch, high-pressure natural gas transmission on fire.

FORT SMITH, Ark — Emergency crews arrived at the corner of Zero Street and Massard Road in Fort Smith after a fire broke out in the area Wednesday (Sept. 16) night.

Fort Smith Fire Department (FSFD), Barling Fire Department (BFD) and AOG were on the scene and found a 10-inch, high-pressure natural gas transmission on fire, according to Chief Fuller with FSFD.

Fuller says FSPD secured water supplies and immediately started trying to protect and cool the other transmission lines on-site and protect the structures in the area.

This was a high-pressure transmission line, so there were no worries of an explosion.

AOG was able to get the gas shut off.

There are no injuries to report and no other buildings were damaged.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. AOG was on-scene beginning an investigation when FSPD left the scene at around 1:30 a.m.

According to a Barling firefighter, it was a gas main that was on fire.

No other details have been released at this time.

Just over 200 miles west another gas line explosion rocked the city of Piedmont, Oklahoma. Our CBS affiliate News 9 reports that fireballs from the explosion could be seen rising more than 150 feet the air. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 17, 2020 at 5:57am

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1336541/oklahoma-explosion-US-...

Oklahoma explosion: Huge blast and 'massive flames' spotted in US - 'Sky glowed orange'

OKLAHOMA residents have reported an explosion, followed by a huge fire, on social media.

PUBLISHED: 03:09, Thu, Sep 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 04:39, Thu, Sep 17, 2020

The fire was reported near Piedmont Road and Waterloo Road in Edmond, Oklahoma. Social media footage shows a huge ball of flame on the horizon from residents. Multiple firefighters have responded to the call and are on the site tackling the blaze, which has knocked out power lines. Some users noted the fireball took place in a “huge gas pipeline area”.

Officials said a 12 inch gas pipeline running underneath Piedmont and Waterloo roads exploded.

A huge section of the junction has been obliterated by the blast, leaving a huge crater.

Media outlets and onlookers said debris was flung across the road, and the force of the blast flattened power lines.

After the blast, the gas line caught fire, with the blaze being visible for miles and reaching between 50 to 100 feet high.

It is unknown what caused the initial explosion.

Logan County, Canadian County, and Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Offices all responded with Piedmont Fire, Cashion Fire, and Oakcliff Fire to tackle the blaze.

The Kingfisher County sheriff told US media group News 9 a high pressure gas line was possibly hit, causing the explosion, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Piedmont police told local news outlet KOCO 5 the explosion took place in a rural area with few residents.

The police chief said no injuries were reported, and no evacuations took place as of 9:27PM CDT (3:27AM GMT).

Traffic on Piedmont and Waterloo road is being diverted by the officers.

Some Twitter users claimed mass evacuations were taking place due to the blaze, contradicting the police chief.

Others sent their best wishes to the first responders.

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