Update: Investigation continues into burst pipeline
POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 8:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 8:35pm
PRIDE,LA(NBC33) — Update: The National Transportation Safety Board and Louisiana State Police are still looking into what caused a 30-inch gas pipeline to burst Monday morning in Pride. State police say it could be days before work can begin on fixing the pipe.
Original Story "We thought an atomic bomb had hit," says Pride resident Elgin Hollins.
Elgin Hollins lives just down the street from where a 30 inch natural gas line ruptured around two-thirty Monday morning in Pride. It's a sound he'll never forget.
"It was a big boom and rumble. It shook the concrete on the floor of the home," says Hollins.
Haz-Mat units from both Baton Rouge and E.B.R.S.O. immediately responded to the explosion near the corner of Rheems and Peairs Roads. As a precaution, they made about a thousand people evacuate the area for several hours.
"It happened in the woods. There was no structural damage to any homes," says Richard Sulivan of the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Nobody was hurt during the explosion and Sullivan says the gas that was released doesn't pose a danger to Hollins or anyone else in Pride. His neighbors, like Emerson Anderson, aren't so sure.
"Never know 'cause gas, you can't smell . You never know what'll do to you," says Anderson.
It's still not known what caused the explosion and because of that Anderson thinks that an accident like that could happen again.
"Worried if it would ever happen again. Never know 'cause they working on these lines out here and they been working on the pipelines for a few weeks," says Anderson.
And if it does happen again, Hollins knows where he's going.
"I'm leaving out the United States. I'm gone buddy. You'll find me gone," says Hollins