Gas Pipeline Explodes Near Oklahoma City

By Jason Cockerham

(P&GJ) — A natural gas pipeline exploded Wednesday night in Piedmont Oklahoma, about 20 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. 

Local news affiliates reported the pipeline belonged to DCP Midstream and a spokesman for the company said the resulting fire from the explosion burned for about 30 minutes before the valve was shut off.

Reports indicated the explosion happened around 8:30 p.m. CST.

Local residents reported the fire could be seen from miles away.

Authorities in the area evacuated residents and no injuries were reported from the incident. 

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said the explosion was the result of a rupture in a 12-inch high-pressure underground line. The blast left a crater-sized hole roughly 30 feet long and 20 feet wide.

The City of Piedmont is located in both Kingfisher and Canadian counties.

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