One person suffered an injury Thursday when a gas line ruptured in Wharton County, TX, causing an explosion, officials said.
The explosion occurred at 12:15 p.m. when a 24-inch below-ground gas line ruptured and exploded on state right-of-way on FM 1164 and Highway 90, about five miles west of East Bernard, TX.
A man driving by in a truck suffered an injury, said Andy Kirkland, Wharton County Emergency Management Coordinator. He went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“He was there when it exploded,” said John Szymanski, Wharton County Precinct 2 Constable. “I guess due to the explosion, the truck stalled out, he had to get out, run away from it and luckily, my understanding from EMS, he didn’t have any burns. It was just some injuries from the blast itself.”
Workers turned off the gas and authorities allowed the flame to burn itself out. One home ended up evacuated.
“At that time, we didn’t know,” Kirkland said. “All we knew is that we had a large fire and we didn’t know if it had the possibility to grow or anything else. If you make a mistake, you err on the side of caution.”
Enterprise Products owns the gas line, officials said.