Texas City EVACUATED – Countless Citizens at Risk!
(FeaturedNews.com) – The residents in Fort Bend County, Texas, had to abruptly evacuate their homes on the afternoon of July 7. The move was precautionary after a natural gas line explosion occurred at the nearby Old Ocean Pipeline. Owner Energy Transfer said there were no injuries, and repair crews quickly secured the site.
Natural gas line. No injuries or structures damaged. It will take some time to close the line and burn off. https://t.co/2L6BVfeX00 pic.twitter.com/vfuuiKADxa
— Constable Chad Norvell (@chad_norvell) July 7, 2022
The explosion happened around 11:15 a.m. in a relatively isolated area of Wallis, Texas. Authorities evacuated people from their homes near the site as a safety precaution while the resulting fire burned out. Likewise, officials with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management asked people to avoid entering the area.
Images shared via media outlets showed a giant pillar of bright orange flames shooting into the air over the site. A media helicopter said flames were visible 30 miles from the scene. Luckily, it didn’t impact any nearby structures. Firefighters sprayed down the surrounding fields to avoid any spread.
Energy Transfer reported the fire self-extinguished by 12:30 p.m. They were able to shut down the line and find the bad section. The company also notified all required regulatory and safety authorities and is conducting an internal investigation. The statement noted it wouldn’t release any additional information about the blast until the inquiry was completed.
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