Pipeline Station Explodes in DeSoto Parish
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 @02:34pm CST
NBC 6 News has learned a pipeline station exploded about 1 p.m. Sunday in DeSoto Parish. DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Henniger says it happened on Highway 5, east of 175, near Bradshaw Road. He says the gas valuves have been shut off and they are letting it burn out.
“We were in church and heard a large explosion and we seen a big fireball up in the air” says Jemayel Warren who called 911. “Most people think it’s good to have a oil or natural gas well behind their house, but you never know what can happen” he says.
Three people from Exco were working at the time, but they were able to get out safely without injuries. No evacuation orders have been issued for nearby residents.
This is the second DeSoto Parish explosion in just days. Desoto Sheriff Deputies responded to a gas well blow out near Grand Cane Wednesday morning. One worker died and another had serious injuries. Gas could be seen spewing from the well into the air for quite some time. Several families were evacuated.
I will update as more information is available.