A natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday morning in the Adair County community of Knifley. Adair County Emergency Management Director, Greg Thomas, said.two people went to the hospital and two homes were destroyed. A third home was damaged by fire as well as several vehicles.
The pipeline is about 20 feet underground and is owned by Columbia Gulf Transmission. Investigators for the company, as well as state and federal authorities, are currently trying to determine the cause of the explosion.
Local residents reported that the ground shook for several miles and flames were several hundred feet high in the air. Large boulders were also strewn around the area. Over 100 firefighters responded to the scene from surrounding counties.
Columbia Gulf Transmission operates over 1400 miles of gas pipelines in Kentucky. A rupture also occurred along a section of this same pipeline in Estill County back in January 2012.