UPDATE: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Residents of a small Oklahoma town have been allowed to go home following a pipeline explosion two days ago.
The explosion and fire in Rosston, Oklahoma, which at one point could be seen up to 70 miles away, has since burned itself out and no longer poses a public safety hazard.
Residents were allowed to return home Wednesday afternoon and into last night.
Service hasn't been interrupted because of the explosion, but there is still no estimated time as to when the pipeline will be fully functional again. The cause is still under investigation.
No one was hurt.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A pipeline exploded Tuesday night in Harper County, Oklahoma, causing a fire which could be seen an estimated 70 miles away in southwest Kansas.
A comment left on the KAKE-TV Facebook page indicates the explosion occurred five miles south of Englewood, Kansas. "It rumbled for an hour and a half," the commenter wrote. Other comments indicated the glow from the fire could be seen as far away as Dodge City and Greensburg.
The Harper County Sheriff's Office told KAKE News no injuries have been reported from the explosion. Emergency crews were establishing a staging area along U.S. Highway 283, which extends across the county and north from there to Dodge City.
Our Oklahoma City ABC affiliate reports Clark County personnel are helping emergency crews at the scene. It adds U.S. 283 is closed south of the Kansas-Oklahoma line.
A YouTube video was posted claiming to show the Dodge City weather radar at the time of the explosion. Echoes from the blast were visible for several seconds. KAKE meteorologist Frank Waugh explained this phenomenon as a "gust front."