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Gas pipeline ruptures

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Work is underway to repair a ruptured gas line that caused a lot of commotion overnight.

Firefighters located the transmission gas line off Kentucky 89 near the Trapp community in Clark County, just southeast of Winchester.

It caused a loud booming sound that could be heard in several different counties. Phone calls flooded the newsroom and dozens of you wrote on our Facebook page, asking what was going on.

Crews with Tennessee Gas Pipeline took a look at the situation Wednesday afternoon.

Around midnight, people in Clark and surrounding counties hear the rupture.

"It sounded like an airplane in our front yard," says Katherine Wallace.

But, it was a gas pipeline rupturing underground. Clark County firefighters went out looking for what could have been an explosion. They determined a transmission line near highway 89 ruptured. After about an hour, crews isolated the faulty spot and stopped the leak. No one was injured or had to evacuate.

"It seems to me they got it under control pretty quickly and that's all I'm really concerned about," Wallace says.

But For those 60 minutes or so, it was anyone's guess as to what was going on.

"To be honest, there was no guess. We thought maybe an earthquake, but those don't last an hour!" Wallace says.

Crews with Tennessee Gas Pipeline are investigating what might have caused the pipeline to rupture, and then they'll act accordingly, making any repairs.

Through preliminary investigations, representatives say there appears to be no environmental damage.

Company officials are available for anyone with concerns living in the area.

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