One Dead, Five Injured in Kentucky After Gas Pipe Line Explosion Shoots Fireball 300ft Into the Sky

One person is dead and at least five were injured in central Kentucky after a gas line ruptured and produced a fireball that could be seen around the region early Thursday.

The 30-inch gas line in Lincoln County breached around 150 feet from a mobile home park around 1:40 a.m., said Don Gilliam, the director of Lincoln County Emergency Management.

The person who died was identified by the Lincoln County coroner as Lisa Denise Derringer, 58, of Stanford, Kentucky. Authorities said she is believed to have left her home after the explosion and was overwhelmed by extreme heat.

At least five other people were transported to hospitals with injuries, and six mobile homes caught fire, officials said. Five homes were completely destroyed.

About 75 people were evacuated from the mobile home park, officials said. Gilliam said the situation does not involve a hazardous material.

“We still have an active scene,” Gilliam said early Thursday, but he added that the fire at the breach site was out.

He said when he arrived, flames were about 300 feet in the air, and the biggest problem initially was heat and smoke. The emergency management agency told residents to steer clear of the Hustonville area.

“It was impressive, it’s tragic, we hope it doesn’t get worse,” Gilliam said.

Lincoln County is south of Lexington. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote on Twitter that he and his staff were monitoring the aftermath of the explosion. “Our prayers are with the families whom this disaster has touched and our gratitude is with all the first responders,” he wrote.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel and Elisha Fieldstadt