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Kentucky crater: 60-foot crater caused by gas line explosion, homes evacuated

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Kentucky has had their fair share of trouble the last few days with the Corvette sinkhole and now a 60-foot crater has developed due to a gas line explosion. reported on Feb. 13, 2014, that a gas line explosion has rocked a rural section of Adair County, Kentucky, and caused a huge crater that saw huge rocks being thrown around.

Two homes were completely destroyed and at least 20 residences were evacuated and two people received non-life threatening injuries early on Thursday morning.

SEE: Huge sinkhole in Kentucky swallows eight vintage Corvettes

The first call came in around 2:04 a.m. EST when residents heard rumbling and felt it underneath their feet. It was soon after that the explosion happened and a giant ball of fire leaving a 60-foot crater near Highway 76 in Knifley, Kentucky.

"There is now a crater 60 feet deep and it blew rocks out, and I don't mean pebbles ... big rocks," Adair County Emergency Management Agency director Greg Thomas said, adding a 20- to 30-foot section of pipe was thrown more than 300 feet.

Three homes, two barns, and as many as six vehicles caught on fire after the blast.

The gas line is used to transport natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up to New York. It was not servicing homes in the area of the explosion.

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