FREMONT (KPTM)-Several fire crews are on the scene of a natural gas line explosion north of Fremont. Crews said a natural gas line exploded Friday morning.
There were no injuries in the explosion.
"I heard a really loud boom with a secondary noise behind," said Teresa Menking. Menking said she and her husband were in their shop when the heard the gas line explode around 8:30 AM Friday morning. "You could feel a change in the air pressure," said Menking.
"It wasn't a barn burning, or a house burning. There was too much black smoke and the flame were too tall," said Ron Thompson. Thompson said he was driving to Fremont and could see the fire from miles away.
"I was surprised at the sound that it made," said Thompson.
For seven hours, firefighter stood and watched the gas line burn because it
was too dangerous to get any closer.
"They've been known, on rare occasions, to erupt and take out a square mile," said Nickerson Fire Chief, Jerry Dillenburg.
Dillenburg said he had never seen a fire like the gas explosion on Friday.
"When we hear explosion and the first thing that goes through our mind is a structure fire and a house gas line blew up or something like that. We come out with all the equipment to fight a structure fire and on the way out we find out it's a gas line," said Dillenburg.
Officials at Northern Natural Gas cut off the gas supply to the line, but crews had to wait until all the gas had burned up before moving closer.
"We can't do anything about it. You can't get close enough with anything or water or anything to put the flame out," said Dillenburg.
Mike Loeffler with Northern Natural Gas said it could take weeks to figure out how the fire started.
"There was nothing there that hit the pipeline so it was a rupture underground that blew up-and static electricity more than likely caused the flame," guessed Dillenburg.
The Hooper fire chief sent us a video of the huge fireball that could be seen from several miles away. Visit our facebook page to view it: facebook.com/fox42news.
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