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Natural gas line explosion in Smith County

Officials say there has been a natural gas line explosion in Smith County off County Road 539 west of Raleigh.

Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said there are no injuries and everyone is accounted for.

County EMA Director Brian Warren said the gas line belongs to Pan Southern Petroleum, and at this point nobody is allowed inside the perimeter of the fire scene.

"We do have a massive fire going and a company is coming from Texas to take care of the fire," Crumpton said.

There are currently about five fire departments on scene battling the blaze.

Locals are reporting the explosion is in Boykin Church oil field, where allegedly there is natural gas and oil.

Warren said the gas is not toxic, but at this point since the fire can't be immediately extinguished, officials are waiting on the outside company to come put the fire out.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency stated on their Facebook page that the natural gas well caught fire when a piece of equipment over the well-head exploded. All five workers escaped unharmed.

As far as he knows, there are no structures threatened by the fire, Crumpton said.

MDEQ has implemented emergency procedures to protect a nearby creek including constructing a berm, adding a silt fence, and boom in the water, according to a release by Communications Director Robbie Wilbur.

Last week, a natural gas line exploded in Rankin County. Again, there were no injuries and no structures were involved.

The Clarion-Ledger
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January 28, 2015
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