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"It was like an atomic bomb went off": Neighbors describe pipeline explosion

A 30-inch Gulf South natural gas pipeline had ruptured and exploded, scorching at least an acre of wooded land off Three Prong Trail. Source: WLBT A 30-inch Gulf South natural gas pipeline had ruptured and exploded, scorching at least an acre of wooded land off Three Prong Trail. Source: WLBT
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Rescue crews and inspectors from the Mississippi Public Service Commission Office of Pipeline Safety scrambled to the scene to find no structures damaged and no injuries. Source: WLBT Rescue crews and inspectors from the Mississippi Public Service Commission Office of Pipeline Safety scrambled to the scene to find no structures damaged and no injuries. Source: WLBT
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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Sherry McClure says she was cooking and serving breakfast at Tommy's Trading Post Wednesday morning, when a few employees called her outside. 

"The whole sky was lit bright as anything. And some of them said I think the sun's come up. I said not in that direction it ain't!" McClure says. 

One employee called her boyfriend, who is a firefighter. 

"No sooner than she was talking to him, they started getting calls for them to get in their trucks and go yonder way because there was a big explosion and the woods was on fire. It was like an atomic bomb or something had went off," she tells us. 

The explosion was so hot and powerful. Families in the area were stunned and had no idea what happened.

In the Lake Harbor neighborhood, people felt the impact. 

"It was about 6:15 and my windows went to rattling, and this big boom," says Brenda Smith. 

A 30-inch Gulf South natural gas pipeline had ruptured and exploded, scorching at least an acre of wooded land off Three Prong Trail. 

Rescue crews and inspectors from the Mississippi Public Service Commission Office of Pipeline Safety scrambled to the scene to find no structures damaged and no injuries. They spent the day securing the site, waiting for Federal Pipeline Safety inspectors to arrive from Atlanta. 

Gas was cut off to at least 25 customers. 

Blake Killingsworth and his family were among them. The gas line runs behind his house and he says he went without gas for just a few hours. 

"He's getting the gas turned on right now and we're gonna have it going here in a minute I hope," Killingsworth told us. 

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