December 11th, 2012
02:04 PM ET

Multiple structures on fire after gas line explodes in Sissonville, West Virginia

A major gas line has exploded in Sissonville, West Virginia, officials told CNN.

Several structures in the area are on fire, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said.

Carper said it was "sounding like a jet engine" as the fire raged. At this time, no injuries have been reported.

The explosion has caused I-77 at the Charleston split to be shut down in the north direction, West Virginia's Department of Transportation reported on their Twitter account.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the explosion and subsequent fire.

A cause was not immediately clear.

CNN iReporter Ryan Dunlap, 28, sent video from the scene, showing flames and smoke in a wooded area.

"We're about a mile away from it. It sounded like an airplane was flying over the roof," he said. "It damaged the Interstate. It's melted. They have all the roads closed down in the area. I had to take the back way home."

iReport: Explosion "sounded like an airplane was flying over the roof."

soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Wilk

    Must be filming more BuckWild !!

    December 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alpha

      HaHaHa!!! that is the only other time I have heard of Sissonville! I bet you are right.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • T.Jones

      It's a damn shame that most people will now immediately associate West Virginia with that trash of a show (Buckwild). I live in WV and about 20 minutes from Sissonville. 95% of the residents of Kanawha County do not want anything to do with the demographic being portrayed in that tasteless show... The people of WV will treat that show and the individuals involved just like residents of New Jersey treated the cast of Jersey Shore.

      In regards to the story, I hope no one was seriously injured. Natural gas was pioneered in WV and has been a major industry for many years. This is not the first catastrophic gas line break in this area and I hope Columbia Gas/ Mountaineer Gas will work to overhaul this aging infrastructure.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ALC

      Never mind the whole people may be dead thing, and damage to homes and property. Good time for a joke.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LURKER

    well they needed a reason to raise gas prices again since they were falling

    December 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Wrong gas line genius

      December 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      That would be natural gas, not gasoline; besides natural gas prices are slowly notching up and will continue to do so as winter drags along...

      December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy12

      u are oh so very right.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    NATURAL gasline......not gasoline......

    December 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Natural Gasoline is a liquid. Natural Gas is a gas. Liquids lines will just spill and contiminate things with some "minor fire" potential. Only a gas line would create this sort of violent explosion.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abby

    Was hoping it was MTV's film equipment. These guys are bringing these kids in to bars without prior permission of the establishment to film "staged fights". They're telling them exactly what to do! Maybe these kids are smarter than the producers – getting paid to pretend to be stupid.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. midachs2

    Right out of 'Zero Day'. John Puller must be back in West Virginee.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Hope & pray there are no fatalities or injuries. Sounds bad though.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Odumbama

    USA is so broke that America Can't even maintain it's Pipelines under the Weak Leadership of President Obama.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      Gas pipelines are owned by the companies, not the government there genius. Might want to change your username to Imdumba

      December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jcfinley

      Where do you get your knowledge from?? or is this an attempt to flame a tragedy in progress. I hope no one has been hurt and that the damage is quickly contained.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mama-Verga

    Hillbillies and Cowboys from WV are starting to celebrate for 12-21-2012 with fire and explosions already.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelly37

      Oh that's brilliant. This is a serious issue and, while there may be "hillbillies" in WV, we all are not, and I have yet to see a "cowboy" here.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JX

    The pictures of the aftermath are insane. The southbound lanes of I-77 look like a gravel road.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Meth cooks out of control

    December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darlene

      Very rude. This is a major natural gas explosion-have a heart and some kinds words for all those affected by this tragedy.

      December 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Just when gas prices were going lower....

    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    I was near one of these gas line explosions when I was a kid in Philadelphia. It disintegrated an entire city block. I was a little more than a block away delivering newspapers. The next day, the corner where it started used to have a bar there and there was nothing, but a pile of trash sitting inside a crater.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gstlab3

    How interesting this happens during the very extra mild winter.,

    Roanoke gas company billed extra charges because of last years mild winter.,
    Are they setting us up to pay more for gas?
    Never mind they do not reinvest hardly any of their profits into maintaining infrastructure untill it is too late and people die and property is destroyed.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. justin bieblet

    Another meth lab bites the dust

    December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RobM

    People pay extortionate amounts for Gas. I'm sure that pipeline wasn't properly maintained and that some of the companies higher ups got fat holiday pay checks.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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