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Explosion Evacuees Back Home In Harrison County

 East Texans in Harrison county evacuated from their homes from a gas line explosion near Hallsville, are back home today. A 36-inch pipeline ruptured around 2 a-m Friday morning at the "Harrison county power plant" co-owned by New Orleans based "Entergy" corporation, forcing the evacuation of area residents. Evacuated residents were provided meals and put up in hotels for the last 2 days by "Kinder Morgan", the "owner of the pipeline".

 It was around 9:30 last night that blast site officials told those displaced that they could go back  to their homes. Evacuees were even given gift certificates to buy clothing, since many left with only what they were wearing. Those evacuated were irritated, not at "Kinder Morgan", but at blast site investigators who would not let them back to their homes while air quality in the area was being evaluated. Kinder Morgan reps did all they could to make the evacuees comfortable during the ordeal.

 "We're going to make sure that everything is absolutely safe and go to the side of safety rather than put someone in harms way, we understand their frustration, we as a company are trying to get in to check out the line, i can only imagine what it must be like for those who live nearby, we're not about to send them into a situation where their safety could be at risk" said director of corporate communication for Kinder Morgan, Rick Rainey.

Portions of the damaged pipeline will be taken to an independent laboratory for examination to determine what caused the rupture.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

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