Investigation continues into possible explosion in Perry County

By Jerrika Insco | 

5am Update:

Crews are still trying to figure out what happened, following reports of explosions and fireball sightings in several areas.

It happened on Sunday night when people started calling in reports of rattling in their homes.

Crews searched the area between Lothair and the Knott County line for hours, trying to find the source of the alleged blast.

Officials say helicopters did spot charred trees and smoke near High Rock Mountain in the Sulks Branch area of Perry County.

Fire officials say a break in an abandoned mine is the best explanation for now.

"Old abandoned mines, they catch fire and smoke real bad and sometimes they flame up and it does kill the trees and shrubby around and that's possibly what's been seen from the air." Chief Chris Engle from the Lotts Creek Fire Department said.

Officials suspended their search around one Monday morning.

They say the investigation will continue once they get more information.


Officials have decided to cancel the search until tomorrow for the site of a possible explosion.

We will have the latest information coming up on Mountain News This Morning.

Original Story:

Emergency crews are searching tonight following reports of a possible explosion in Perry County.

Several viewers tell Mountain News they heard an explosion earlier this evening.

We have a crew following the search teams, but there is nothing confirmed at this time.

Stay with Mountain News for updates.

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