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5/13/05-Harrison County

Natural Gas Pipe Explodes At Harrison County Power Plant

More than a dozen residents were forced to evacuate their homes just after 2:00 a.m. Twenty-two people are in a shelter tonight after 200 feet of pipe, containing natural gas, exploded.

It happened at the Harrison County Plant Project at Highway 43, about eight miles southwest of Marshall. The plant is owned by Entergy.

The explosion could be felt for miles away as flames shot into the air. An emergency response team was on the scene within minutes. Only one person went to the hospital with minor injuries. A camera from a DPS helicopter shows the damage at the plant. One building was burned. But, by 10 this morning, the fires were out.

"The fires that were previously reported have consumed themselves so that is no longer an issue. It was a ground pipe that was buried. About 200 feet of that pipe was compromised and that part of the pipe is laying up on the ground," says Trooper Jean Steely.

No word yet on why the pipe exploded. Investigators say the explosion did not cause any immediate threat to the environment.

Amy Tatum, reporting.

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