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. dennisk

    Get a grip. This was natural gas and nobody is paying high rates for that.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smeagel4T

    Clearly this never would have happened if the industry was just allowed to regulate itself.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.U. Kidding

      Yup. And you just know they are going to pass this on to the consumer.

      Privatize profits, Socialize losses.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Let's just shut down all if the energy industries and all move back into the caves.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy12

      there is something strange going on here in the video the police are hiding something at first the police were very close to the fire then he rushed up to the camera then it looks like he is trying to block the camera man from filming the fire bye blocking the cameras view with the rear of his police car.anybody notice it in the video or am i jus seeing things here?

      December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jcfinley

      Stacy. I will say a prayer for you. I think the police officer up close realized the better part of valor was to move away. A fire like that is going to be as hot as putting your hand in the flame of your stove.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. R. King

    Wow - lots of morons commenting on this article.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maestro

      Indeed.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Surely the right will blame this on Obama, everything else is his fault so why not this?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You have it all wrong. It is Bush's fault.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      It's actually Reagan's fault. The pipeline was laid back in the 80's.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mebeebo

      Sorry Jim, usually you libs love to lay blame on everyone prior. Guess now you will lose the scapegoats and actually have to take responsibility. But, lets try to stay on topic.....

      December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big_D

    Pipelines are totally safe, just ask the backers of the XL Pipeline. They may spill more than the Exxon Valdez annually but they are safe. Just ask the Koch brothers who make billions off oil and care little about Americans, they will tell you it is totally safe.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bs1

    Natural gas – it may be relatively clean and relatively inexpensive, but it is in no way safe. They are now looking to convert semi fleets to operate on LNG when they can't even keep peoples houses from blowing up regularly from gas leaks. How long do you think it will be until one of those new LNG semis blows up and takes out six lanes of traffic? Heck even in a controlled industrial setting it isn't safe, look up the gas explosion that leveled an electrical generating plant under construction in CT a few years ago.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You obviously know nothing about the differences between LNG and CNG. You do know that they are different, right?

      December 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bs1

      Liquified vs. compressed is the only difference. Perhaps you are confusing LNG with LPG?

      December 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dtb

      Do your homework, LNG actually has a very controlled burn rate, not explosive like CNG, LPG or a HP gas pipeline. It burns slowly from the outside of the vapor cloud to the inside. Tankers carrying gasoline are potentially more dangerous, perhaps you should lobby to have those taken off the road, i'm sure you'd gladly pay the extra price at the pumps.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. albert

    My wife has gas and it is no way safe

    December 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald

      Mine too!!

      December 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bwine61

      LOL.....my husband has gas and has been known to clear a room on occation!! It goes both ways, so don't blame it all on your wife!!

      December 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Martin

    This is why we shouldn't rush into the Keystone Pipeline.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      And since there have been car accidents we should all just ride horses, right?

      December 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mack

    I think it may have been hippies. Hippies or Mexicans.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mack

    Mexicans eat lots and lots of beans. That is why Mexico has tremendous gas reserves.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    I bet it was the kin of Jedd Clampet out shooting for some food.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    While many joke about this, instead let's remember that many residences/ businesses have been suddenly torched and that probably WV's people have suffered fatalities! God help them and help us to be careful/watchful of our infrastructure! Who is responsible and how can these explosions be kept from happening again?

    December 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. morgan

    Was this an accident or a terrorist attack?

    If I was a terrorist, I would be doing little test runs to learn how the enemy responds to small events. That might give me some insight as to what I could expect if there was a big event. All the better to do my planning.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    The gas company did it to cash in on policy

    December 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lsn2me

    yet another explosion. more fatalities. another wild guess-any FRACKING going on around that neck of the woods?
    hello? is any one out there?

    December 12, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
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