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. Ty

    isn't mtv real world or something in Sissonville - maybe they had something to do with it

    December 12, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Angel

    The world is undergoing extreme internal polar shifts, and pipelines snapping are going to occur more frequently the closer we get to 12/21/12, it is an internal transformation of our planet, a rebirth, it will escalate, peak, and then have aftershocks. This is probably just a peek at what is to come for the whole planet.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
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