Enbridge Gas Pipeline Explosion Strong Enough to Damage Two Homes and Injure Two People

A fireball caused by an Enbridge natural gas pipeline explosion in Ohio damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.

The explosion occurred on Enbridge’s Texas Eastern pipeline system and appeared to have destroyed two homes, said Chasity Schmelzenbach, emergency management director for Noble County, Ohio.

“We got reports flames were shooting (up) 80 feet to 200 feet (25-60 meters),” Schmelzenbach said.

“You could see it upwards of 10-15 miles (16-24 km) away. Lots of people thought it was in their backyard because it does appear large.”

Enbridge said that two people were injured in the 10:40 a.m. EST blast, and that the company “immediately started to shut in and isolate that section of the pipeline” while cooperating with authorities.

A PHMSA investigator has been dispatched.