A pipeline explosion sparked a huge fire near Cuero in Texas, on Sunday evening, prompting evacuations of nearby residents.
A huge column of fire was visible for over 20 miles after the pipeline caught fire.
The blaze from a ruptured gas pipeline is being allowed to slowly burn out.
No injuries have been reported so far, according to Raul Diaz, a deputy with the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, as cited by My San Antonio online news.
“If we were going to have a fire from a ruptured pipeline, I don’t think we could have picked a better location, as there were so few homes around there,” said Joel Zavesky. He added the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have any idea what caused the blaze.
There was no major damage as a result of the inferno. Some telephone poles were damaged and there were also some grass fires. Sheriff Zavesky says he expects the fire to burn out by Monday morning. The incident took place near Cuero, a town about 75 miles east of San Antonio.
“It was a big boom, and it shook the house,” local resident Roger Zimmerman was quoted as saying by the Victoria Advocate online publication. “You can feel the heat. … It was pretty intense. It still is intense.”
“I don’t think we will be getting any sleep tonight,” Zimmerman, who lives about a mile from the fire, added.
Authorities are planning to let the fire burn down on its own, Cuero Volunteer Fire Department public information officer told local media.
The explosion occurred around 8:30 pm local time on Sunday. Zavesky said seven homes in the area were evacuated as a precautionary measure after law enforcement and the DeWitt County Fire Department responded to reports of a pipe burst near the intersection of F.M 953 and Lindeneau Road.