August 1, 2019
All residents have been accounted for following a massive natural gas explosion in Kentucky at a 30″ regional Enbridge pipeline, according to reports.
The explosion along the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline in Lincoln County, about 40 miles south of Lexington in the northeastern part of the state, was powerful enough to have sent flames shooting 300 feet in the air, according to Lincoln County emergency management chief Don Gilliam.
The line runs about 9,000 miles from the Texas/Mexico border to New York City.
Residents evacuated a nearby mobile home park after the blast about 1:40 am CDT with about half a dozen of the homes sustaining some damage.
One woman was killed and five others were injured in the early morning blast, according to Kentucky state troopers, one of whom told the Associated Press that the woman may have staggered from her mobile home during the blast and was overcome by heat.
Among those hospitalized it’s believed none of the injuries are life-threatening; several people feared missing this morning have all been located, officials said Thursday afternoon.
In a statement Thursday, the Canada-based pipeline operator said, “Enbridge is aware of and is responding to a rupture on the Texas Eastern system in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
“Our first concern is for those impacted by this incident and ensuring the safety of the community.
“Our teams are coordinating with first responders to secure the site.
“We have isolated the affected line and are working closely with emergency responders to manage the situation.
“We will provide more information as it becomes available.”