Gas pipeline in Mont Belvieu erupts in flames after cut by contractor, officials say

Natural gas facility explosion in Mont Belvieu
Natural gas facility explosion in Mont Belvieu

HOUSTON – A natural gas pipeline erupted in flames in Mont Belvieu after it was accidentally cut Wednesday afternoon by a contractor, officials said.

At about 4:45 p.m., the rupture and fire was reported on the line owned by Lone Star NGL, company officials said.

No injuries or secondary damage was reported.

The fire and efforts to bring it under control closed Texas 146, however, a Mont Belvieu spokesman said. Firefighters have the leak contained and are monitoring while flames burn themselves out, spokesman Brian Ligon said.

Due to the ongoing firefighting operations, water pressure throughout the city may be affected as the public works department divert as much water as possible to support the response to the blaze.

*PUBLIC NOTICE - WATER PRESSURE* Due to the ongoing firefighting operations on W. Winfree at SH 146 water pressure...

Posted by City of Mont Belvieu, Texas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Watch video of crews battling the blaze below:

WATCH LIVE: Sky 2 is over a fire in Mont Belvieu where there has been an explosion at the Lone Star NGL (Energy Transfer) facility, officials say. Details to come.

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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