Kentucky County Under State of Emergency After Big Gas Explosion
A gas explosion occurred on early Thursday, February 13th, near the town of Knifley, in Adair County, Kentucky. The gas line belonged to Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.
Details about the Gas Explosion
- Accordin got WDRB, the explosion happened around 2:30 AM, EST.
- The explosion left a 50 foot deep and 60 foot in diameter hole in a railroad, caused two houses to be destroyed, severly damaged another home and sent a fireball roaring into the early morning sky
- Many cars as well as two barns also ignited due to the explosion.
- Highway KY 76 near Knifley was closed off due to debris.
- 30 residents were evacuated from the area.
- Two people had to be sent to a hospital for burn injuries but were released after treatment.
- 5 acres of woods were still burning many hours later and firefighters were there doing their job.
How the Explosion Occurred
- The complete list of reasons for the explosion is not known yet; it is still under investigation.
- Workers discovered a drop in pressure in the 200 gas line in Adair County at 2:05 AM EST that day.
- That particular gas line carries methane.
- Crew members responded to the alert in a proper manner and discovered that there was a rupture in the gas line.
Aftermath of the Kentucky Gas Explosion
- The pipeline was shut off and allowed to burn out.
- Many homes may not have power during this time.
- Residents were warned about this issue as well as the fact that they may hear loud booms as the line burns out.