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Gas line erupts under ground in Kiowa

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 8/20/2013 5:09 pm Published: 8/20/2013 1:20 pm

A gas line explosion rattled the town of Kiowa Tuesday morning.

A12-inch line blew up around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Nobody was injured.

The explosion happened in a field about half a mile from the power station. Officials say the only damage was a few burned hay bales.

"It was like something was gushing out of a small hole, rumbling and stuff, and hissing. And then it just exploded into flames," said Freda Scott, a Kiowa resident.

Between tire blowouts on nearby Highway 69, the munitions plant in McAlester, and a train track across the road, loud explosion noises are a bit too common around Scott's home.

"Pretty much it rattled my windows,” she said.

“Did it scare you?” asked FOX23’s Ian Silver.

“The bombs do worse than that from the base. We thought either that, or the train was coming off the tracks. First thing I said was 'power plant blew up,'" said Scott.

After the explosion natural gas fueled towering flames.

"It was up over the treetops. Way up over the treetops."

Crews were able to cut off the flow of gas and within an hour the fire burned itself out.

Crews have had to come back out to water down some hot spots. The state has to treat the area like a disaster or crime scene until they figure out the cause.

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