A natural gas pipeline in Runnels County exploded and burned for several hours Tuesday night and flames could be seen up to 20 miles away.
Residents from Taylor to Runnels counties heard the explosion reported at 10:10 p.m. Officials from the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office located the ruptured pipeline on FM 1770, 14 miles east of Winters.
The explosion shot flames into the air as the natural gas burned. Officials in Runnels County said the pipeline was located in a pasture in a remote area of the county.
“When it first happened we did not know where it was,” Runnels Sheriff Bill Baird said.
Fire fighters from the Lawn, Novice, Jim Ned and Winters volunteer fire departments responded and put out grass fires that sparked because of the explosion.
The pipeline company shut off the valve and the fire burned out sometime after midnight.
No injuries were reported.