A pipeline explosion in Oklahoma this week started a sweeping blaze after natural gas was ignited, sending 600 foot high fireballs into the air and causing a number of evacuations, UPI confirms this Wednesday, Oct. 9. Emergency firefighters from the states of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma were still fighting the flames in the blast’s aftermath as of this morning.
The pipeline explosion has no specific cause found yet, but what is known is that a major natural gas pipeline burst at some time late on Tuesday evening, shooting dozens of fireballs (some that reached over 600 feet in the air) into the sky, and could be seen far by spectators in the local vicinity.
Raw footage of the Oklahoma pipeline explosion was even caught on camera, and can be seen in the linked video. At least 75 firefighters were needed to help put out the fiery blaze.
According to the County Sheriff’s Department of Harper, the initial blast when the pipeline exploded was not unlike that of a jet engine’s roar, shooting flames and waves of heat hundreds of feet in every direction. The destructive power of the ignited natural gas could even be seen across the Oklahoma panhandle and in neighboring Kansas.
Fortunaely, there were no deaths and miraculously even no injuries in the pipeline explosion, though all residents living within two miles of the natural gas detonation and the subsequent blaze were taken in an emergency evacuation from their homes.
Natural pipeline engineers are now in the process of cutting the flow of natural gas to the area to help diminish the blaze. As of 6:30 a.m., the fire was confirmed by a company spokesman to be nearly out, leaving only a “small flicker of flames” left, a far cry from the 600 foot high fireballs of before.
An investigation into the explosion’s cause will be made before any repairs are conducted on the Oklahoma pipeline.