Wednesday October 9, 2013 the fire after a gas line exploded in Harper Country, Oklahoma, near the town of Rosston northwest Laverne is under control. All this happened just four miles south of the Kansas state line in the Oklahoma panhandle. According to News 9, the massive fire is now under control as of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, however several homes were evacuated.
No injuries have been reported, but four homes located within two miles of the site have been evacuated, according to Harper County Emergency Management Director, Conyetta Lenhanayer. Who was notified about the explosion at 10:47 p.m.
Dan Croker, the Laverne Fire Department Chief, says that firefighters were allowing the fire to burn itself out. The 30-inch pipeline belongs to Northern Natural Gas, who has representatives on the scene.
One of the evacuated homes belongs to Kevin Terry who’s home is only 200 yards from where the blast occurred on his property. Terry says that he was sleeping when the blast rocked his home, and he left quickly with his wife and their 10-year old son. They were not injured.
At first, Terry said, he thought a jet crashed in his backyard. He said the house was shaking and would not stop. They are unsure if any damage has been caused to their home at this time.
Cliff Brinson, Harper County Sheriff’s Deputy, says that the fire sounds like four roaring jet engines and has flames reaching two football fields high.
Gas Line Explosion Rocks Harper County; Families Forced Out of Homes – Oklahoma’s Own News9.com
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