Pipeline blowout near Panola County Airport lighting up the sky

Pipeline blowout near Panola County Airport lighting up the sky
A pipeline blowout is reportedly responsible for the red sky some residents are reporting near the airport Wednesday night.

PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A pipeline blowout is reportedly responsible for the red sky some residents are reporting near the airport Wednesday night.

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake confirms a pipeline blowout near the Panola County Airport. “Basically the line ruptured and ignited the gas. Not technically an explosion but very similar results.”

According to Sheriff Lake, Highway 79 was shut down at both ends of the blow out, which was in a field near County Road 301.

As of Thursday morning Highway 79 has been reopened, according to Panola County disptach.

Lake said that no injuries were reported, nor was there any report of damage.

A fire official reported that the pipeline was a DCP Midstream transmission line. The line is now isloated and the product is being allowed to burn off. Carthage firefighters responded to the scene but have since been cleared.

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