Oologah Explosion Forces Evacuations

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 7/16/2013 10:06 pm Published: 7/16/2013 9:54 pm

A fire fueled by natural gas forced evacuations brought out reinforcements and caused panic.

It started with an explosion near Highway 88 and Boundary Road, in Oologah. As many as 40 homes were evacuated.

"I've never seen something like this. I've never heard of something like this. Anything can happen," said Northwest Rogers County fire chief, David Puckett.

Lightning struck in Taylor Estep's backyard.

"It shined right through my window. It was like super bright," said Estep.

Moments later, power lines fell onto gas meters in Estep's backyard. The collision caused an explosion.

"It made a loud buzzing sound. It scared us, so we ran outside," said Estep.

The explosion caused flames to grow as high as 10 feet. It took crews hours to get it under control. Oklahoma natural gas shut off gas to every home in the area to ensure that a leak would not cause another explosion.

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