No answers yet in Piedmont gas line explosion


Crews are working around the scenes to repair the damage from a natural gas pipeline explosion in Piedmont Wednesday. The fire could be seen for miles and left a large crater. Some people who were nearby reported being able to feel the explosion.The company that owns the pipeline, Denver-based DCP Midstream, is investigating what happened. Piedmont officials said the company will pay for damages and cleanup from the explosion. The explosion happened near Piedmont and Waterloo roads. The blast turned part of a road into rubble, destroyed several power lines and incinerated hay bales and fields. “I looked out the window and there was this huge fireball,” a nearby woman said of the flames, which reached more than 100 feet in the air. “An explosion as loud as you can imagine,” Dennis Christensen said. “The sound, it was like a jet engine just coming, if you’ve stood outside an airport when a jet engine is going off.” “It looks like a war zone back here,” said his son, Grant. “It felt like an earthquake. There was a great ball of fire out my window. I didn’t know what to think other than run for the hills.”Piedmont officials said they would fix the road before pipeline repair work begins.

Crews are working around the scenes to repair the damage from a natural gas pipeline explosion in Piedmont Wednesday.

The fire could be seen for miles and left a large crater. Some people who were nearby reported being able to feel the explosion.

The company that owns the pipeline, Denver-based DCP Midstream, is investigating what happened. Piedmont officials said the company will pay for damages and cleanup from the explosion.

The explosion happened near Piedmont and Waterloo roads. The blast turned part of a road into rubble, destroyed several power lines and incinerated hay bales and fields.

“I looked out the window and there was this huge fireball,” a nearby woman said of the flames, which reached more than 100 feet in the air.

“An explosion as loud as you can imagine,” Dennis Christensen said. “The sound, it was like a jet engine just coming, if you’ve stood outside an airport when a jet engine is going off.”

“It looks like a war zone back here,” said his son, Grant. “It felt like an earthquake. There was a great ball of fire out my window. I didn’t know what to think other than run for the hills.”

Piedmont officials said they would fix the road before pipeline repair work begins.



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