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Gas explosion in Washington Parish

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Washington Parish natural gas explosion (Photo from Nicholas Manale of LSP)

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Around 5:30 this morning a gas line exploded causing a big blast and fire in Washington Parish.  It happened in a field in the town of Enon on Lee Road.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said a 30-inch natural gas line ruptured causing the explosion.  Florida Gas owns the line and they shut it down.  The fire was put out by 6:45 this morning.

Louisiana State Police shut down several roads in the surrounding areas.  55 people were evacuated from their homes.  There were no injuries or fatalities.

At this time the cause is still under investigation.

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Washington Parish natural gas explosion (Photo from Nicholas Manale of LSP)

Pictures & videos of the site of the natural gas explosion in Washington Parish.

55 people were forced to evacuate from their homes early Tuesday morning after a gas transmission line exploded in Washington Parish. It happened near a transmission site on Lee Road between LA 1072 and LA 16.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal says the explosion “annihilated” a 300 foot area.  One woman living in a trailer near the explosion managed to escape safely.

Traffic was shut down on LA 1072.

The Washington-St. Tammany Electrical Cooperative is reporting widespread power outages due to the blast in Franklinton, Covington, Kentwood, Folsom and surrounding areas.