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Town evacuated after natural gas explosion in Adair County

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A gas pipeline exploded in Adair County Thursday morning, creating a 60 foot crater.

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ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A gas pipeline exploded in Adair County Thursday morning, creating a 60 foot crater.

The Adair County Judge Executive tells WKYT that a natural gas pipeline exploded around 2 a.m. in the Knifely Community, near the Taylor and Casey County lines.

"I thought it was something out of horror movie," says Tammy Burn. She and her children hit the floor. "At first I thought it was a big jet liner had gone down and you still hear the engines."

The Judge Executive says several homes around the explosion site in the Knifely Community were evacuated. All those who were evacuated have since been allowed to go home.

Fire departments from Adair, Taylor and Casey County were called in to help get the fire under control.

Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas tells us that two homes were destroyed by the explosion and another was damaged. Flames scorched the nearby hillside and consumed several cars. A husband and wife were hurt.

"Residents trying to leave the house. One was burned. One went to the hospital for evaluations," says Thomas.

The gas line runs from the Gulf through Ashland and on to New York. It is owned by Columbia Gulf Transmission. We have learned the Columbia Gulf line is tied into the same line that exploded last year in Estill County.


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