Cause of gas line explosion still under investigation
FRANKLINTON - A pre-dawn gas line explosion shook residents out of their beds in a rural, wooded area of Washington Parish, briefly knocking out power to thousands of people but not injuring anybody.
State Trooper Nicholas Manale says an 80-foot section of 30-inch pipeline ruptured about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Franklinton.
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley says the blast knocked a woman who lives about 700 feet away off of her couch and the fire melted siding from the front of her house trailer, but nobody was hurt.
He says about 55 homes were evacuated until owner Florida Gas Transmission shut off the pipeline, snuffing the blaze.
By afternoon, the utility's website showed fewer than 100 customers without power.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.