Panhandle Eastern’s fiery rupture of a natural gas line lit up the early-morning sky about one mile north of Mexico, Missouri on Sunday. This will limit the capacity while repairs are being done, Energy Transfer said in a notice.
The rupture took place downstream from the Centralia Compressor Station and occurred about 120 miles from St. Louis. Although the rupture didn’t cause serious injuries, it did interrupt power to several homes, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office noted in a Facebook post.
It took about 40 minutes for the fire to burn the remaining gas and extinguish itself. The flames were so intense that the crews weren't able to battle the blaze when they first arrived, said Little Dixie Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steve Gentry.
In order to clear the debris blown into the air by the explosion, Missouri 15 highway was closed for several hours. The highway was repaired and utility crews replaced several poles and lines. The cause of the explosion is unknown.