Gas line explosion in Washington Parish causes mass power outage; no injuries

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 9:47am

Thousands are without power after a 30-inch gas line exploded in Washington Parish. Fortunately, there are no injuries reported.

The explosion happened at roughly 4:00 a.m. near the intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 1072. The fire was extinguished around 7:00 a.m.

“We’re excited we have this thing under control,” Sheriff Randy Seal, said. “At the present time the gas company is going to release some more gas, so you may be hearing a few more explosions, but nothing serious is going to happen.”

The line extends from Texas to Florida, said Vicki Granado, spokeswoman for Energy Transfer -- the pipeline operator.

Officials say some structures may have been damaged from the blast, but there are no reported injuries at this time.

Law enforcement and Hazmat crews are at the scene and the Red Cross is providing assistance to residents in the area. We’re told there was a limited evacuation order and 55 people are not allowed to return to their home.

This is the third explosion in Louisiana in less than a week. The first two happened in Ascension Parish at a plant in Geismar and a plant in Donaldsonville.

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