Nov 14, 2013 11:36 AM
DALLAS (NBCDFW.com) - A gas pipeline has exploded in southern Ellis County in the town of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas.
According to county officials, a 10-inch pipeline east of U.S. Highway 77 and Farm-to-Market Road 308 was being worked on when it exploded.
As Chopper 5 flew to the scene, a massive plume of smoke was clearly visible on the horizon from about 40 miles out. From 20 miles out, the flames shooting up into the air were visible, according to Ames Meyer, onboard Chopper 5.
The scene is in an open field, with no nearby structures threatened. There are several vehicles that were parked near the pipeline that have been destroyed by the explosion and fire.
At this time, firefighters from neighboring cities have been called in to assist, however there are no firefighters at the scene and officials said they are simply letting the fire burn out.
All roads within a 1-mile radius are being closed. Students in the Milford Independent School District are being evacuated as a precuation and taken to nearby Italy. Lt. James Salter with the Milford Police Department said the town of Milford is also being evacuated.
According to Fire Chief Mark Jackson, there have been no injuries reported.
Milford is a small town along Interstate 35E, northeast of Hillsboro in southern Ellis County.
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