Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 22, 2013

W.Va. gas line ruptures, but no fire or injuries

Associated Press

CAMERON —  Authorities say homes near Cameron were briefly evacuated after a natural gas pipeline ruptured, but there was no fire, no property damage and no injuries.

Williams Partners owns the line. Spokesman Scott Carney says an 8- to 10-foot-long section of 24-inch-diameter line ruptured Friday afternoon, but the company immediately shut down the line and isolated the area.

The force of the explosion unearthed the pipe.

The gas was shut off and people in the 3- to 4-mile evacuation zone were allowed to return home.

Carney told media outlets the cause of the rupture is under investigation.

In December, a 20-inch line owned by Columbia Gas Transmission ruptured near Sissonville, triggering a massive fire that cooked a section of Interstate 77.

Several homes were destroyed but no one was seriously hurt.