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08/25/07 - RUSK COUNTY

Explosion Lights Up Night Sky; Residents Evacuated as Precaution

Pictures of the Explosion from just before midnight Friday night about 1/2 mile away from the scene. (KLTV 7 Viewer Submitted Photos by Emma Avila/Henderson) Pictures of the Explosion from just before midnight Friday night about 1/2 mile away from the scene. (KLTV 7 Viewer Submitted Photos by Emma Avila/Henderson)

     A fiery scene over the skies of Rusk County late Friday night after a natural gas pipeline exploded.

      Rusk County Sheriff’s Dispatchers say the pipeline exploded at just before midnight. They tell KLTV 7 it happened on County Road 426, just outside of Henderson. The dispatcher says Kinder Morgan, which is based out of Houston, operates the pipeline.

      Several Rusk County Fire Departments responded to the explosion. We were told about five houses surrounding the scene were evacuated as a precaution.

      A KLTV 7 Viewer Emma Avila sent us two photos of flames lighting up the sky a 1/2 mile away from the scene.

       The fire was extinguished early Saturday morning. A cause is not known at this time, and the explosion is being examined and investigated by Kinder Morgan.

      Kinder Morgan's website says it is one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America.

      More information as it becomes available on KLTV 7 and kltv.com.

     Cody Lillich, Reporting. clillich@kltv.com  

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