Pipeline explosion sends fireball 300 feet into air

HOUSTONIA, Mo. -- An overnight explosion at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company near Hughesville, Mo., in Pettis County lit up the sky for miles early Friday morning.  Fox 4 viewers from more than 30 miles away reported seeing the fireball in the sky.

A spokesperson from Panhandle Eastern says a 30-inch pipeline ruptured just before midnight, causing the explosion. Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. is about 90 miles from Kansas City.

No injuries were reported. Three homes were evacuated, but by mid-morning on Friday, the residents had been allowed back in.

"The gas has been rerouted from this area so there will be no impact to customer deliveries. The company and the appropriate regulatory agencies will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident," wrote Vicki Granado, spokesperson for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co.

Investigators are still working to determine was caused the explosion.

Watch our earlier report:

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(Viewer Video, Courtesy: Brenda Powell)


(Viewer Video, Courtesy: John Pahlow)

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21 comments

    • Shure wood like to know

      What else do you suspect it may be? If I were the suspicious typt I might suspect sabotage by a group against the Keystone XL Pipeline or against tapping our own natural resources such as domestic gas and oil. I’m pretty shure by the video footage that it was indeed a gas pipeline and I’d bet everyone else is pretty shure of it too.
      It SURE would be a stretch to use a gas pipeline rupture to cover up something else, what else could create that intensity of noise and flame?

  • Emilee

    Fire and smoke can been seen all the way from here in Clinton, MO. I work in emergency services and we have received numerous calls on the fire that is so huge everyone thought it was a fire in our county. We have sent equipment up that way to help our neighbors.

  • Rob Hardwick

    Sedalia over by East Sedalia Baptist Church I was awake and sitting on the North end of my house. When it first blew I thought a train had derailed and a tanker car had exploded. I jumped in my car and went to help, then I realized it was North of town and I thought maybe Waterloo somehow exploded. Then I seen it was further North then that. When I finally got the closest I got I am pretty sure I was standing right by this guy with the camera and we appeared to be about a mile away from it and could literally feel the heat.
    I will say this, I was in Iraq for 1 year and 11 days starting in March of 2003 and was there for the shock and awe campaign. I thought I had seen it all there but, I seen nothing comparable to the explosion tonight.

  • btruth

    It’s called GREY TERROR. It’s planned PRE-WAR TACTICS! Russian SPESTNAZ have been here for months! We’ve been saying for months to expect this & to expect more; train derailments, mysterious explosions, MAJOR FIRES & general sabotage & subversion. The FIAT FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE IS DEAD & WW3 IS ALREADY STARTING. All the signs are here! The status quo is Order out of chaos & Hegelian dialectic!

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