Emergency crews have extinguished one fire on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, after a pipeline explosion overnight caused evacuations. According to the Huffington Post, a natural gas pipeline in northwest Oklahoma owned by Northern Natural Gas Co. exploded late on Tuesday night and sparked a huge fire.
The pipeline explosion happened around 11:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening in Harper County, which is about 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The flames shot into the sky and some say that they could be seen from at least 50 miles away.
No injuries have been reported.
"The fire has been extinguished," a spokesman for Northern Natural Gas said. "We isolated that section of the line and let the gas burn down."
There is an investigation going on as to how the explosion happened. Repairs are also expected to begin on Wednesday. The gas has been rerouted so that customers and businesses would have to deal with no disruptions on a pipeline that runs from Texas to the Upper Midwest.
Getting the isolated section of the pipeline back into service could take "two days or several weeks."