TX Gas Pipeline Ruptures Forces Evac

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 06:06 PM gHale

An explosion in rural DeWitt County, TX, near Cuero shook nearby homes and illuminated the horizon Sunday night, spreading fear on what was on fire.

A 42-inch Energy Transfer pipeline containing natural gas ruptured about 8:15 p.m. off Farm-to-Market Road 953, said DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

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At the time of the explosion, the flames shot up to about 100 feet in the air, Zavesky said.

Zavesky said they were able to shut off the pipeline, and about an hour after the explosion, flames diminished to about 20 to 25 feet.

The flames burned for hours until the residual gas burns out from the pipeline, Zavesky said.

About seven homes ended up evacuated, and residents were able to return to their homes Monday, Zavesky said.

However, some may not have power when they return.

Vicki Anderson Granado, a spokeswoman for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the gas ended up rerouted from the line.

She said evacuated neighbors were able to stay at a hotel while the gas burned out. Company officials will do a detailed assessment of the damage and begin repairs.