Clarke County Explosion Kills Two, Destroys Homes

The explosion of a propane pipeline in Clarke County, Miss., killed two people Thursday, injured several others, and damaged several dwellings.

Officials said at least sixty families have been displaced.

The explosion happened on the Dixie Pipeline, near the Carmichael community, in southeastern Clarke County around 10:30 a.m.

Everyone within a one-mile radius around the blast site was being evacuated. Evacuees were asked to go the Carmichael Community Center.

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp said it is unknown when displaced families would be able to return to their homes.

"We've got a 10-mile stretch of pipeline that is uphill, downhill. And I don't know about cubic feet of gas but I'm sure there's a lot that's going to have to trickle downhill to burn off," said Kemp.

Kemp said he expects there will be inspections in the future to see if there are any other leaks or ruptures.

"What we see happened as far as this gas line, it must have leaked and leaked down into the bottom and then it had some ignition to start it. And it was a flash over, looked like at once," said county supervisor Tony Fleming. "And everything in its path got burned."

Red Cross and Salvation Army established a shelter at Carmichael Community Center for displaced residents. Some chose to stay with family. Some stayed the night in hotels paid for by the Red Cross.

Ed Brown of the Mississippi Forestry Commission said the explosion and ensuing fires burned 150 acres of timber and pasture land.

The gas is expected to burn through the night and into Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigative team to the site Friday to begin the process of finding what caused the explosion.

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  • by randy cox Location: butler on Nov 4, 2007 at 10:24 PM
  • by stella garrison Location: pascagoula. miss on Nov 4, 2007 at 03:53 PM
  • by Wade Location: Melvin, AL on Nov 3, 2007 at 01:41 PM
    My sincere condolences to the families that lost loved ones and to those that lost their homes. I was returning from Waynesboro when I noticed what looked to be a strange-looking cloud on the horizion. When I got home and realized that it was near where the oil and gas wells are, I assumed the worst. Unfortunately, my worst assumptions were correct. While I give kudos to the company for stepping up and assuming responsibility, the oil infrastructure in this part of the state is getting older, and should be inspected more often. This part of Clarke County Mississippi and Choctaw County Alabama has many pipelines that run through it.
  • by Rosie Location: Heidelberg on Nov 3, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    I'm so sad that something like this has happen in this community, just keep believing in God and doing his will and he bring joy and comfort to the families of the Carmichael community and the surrounding areas.May God Bless each and everyone of you all.
  • by so hurt Location: carmicheal on Nov 2, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    I would like to say Thank you to all those who have come to help during this tragedy. I cannot name all of you but I do want to say we have some very special people surrounding this community. Never would I have dreamed that the nurses from Lakeside would have left their job and come to our aid. My what caring and compassionate people they are. As for me, I was not physically injured but heart broken. Those nurses, just by the pat on the back, words of encouragement and hugs that they gave helped alot. Thank you again ladies!
  • by Virginia Location: Waynesboro on Nov 2, 2007 at 01:04 PM
    My heart goes out to the family of Catherine Mitchel and her aunt Ms Ollie Bonner May GUD forever be with you all i am so sorry this happen and i know that no words can dull the pain in your heart right now but day by day GOD will ease that pain an longing in your hearts. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. FROM. Virginia,Sharraaka. and Shakeana The Powe Family
  • by So Hurt Location: Quitman on Nov 2, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    im am so hurt rite now because the young lady that got killed was my girlfriend of 6 years and all i can think of now is she gone i was on the phone wit her and she was crying to me and i was trying to keep her calm all ive been doing since then is shedding tears i love her still
  • by Vicky Location: Quitman on Nov 2, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    I live in town and I have a picture window in my living room and it was like something hit it like Boom I ran outside to see if someone or something hit my window and it shook my house. My Grand daughter called me later and asked me to call on her Aunt who lives out there and told me about the explosin..
  • by Joelynn H Location: Canton ms on Nov 2, 2007 at 04:58 AM
    I really hope the two victims families are doing good my heart really goes out to them.I pray that God does something miraculous and may God continues to bless and keep this family
  • by Janeather Location: Shubuta on Nov 1, 2007 at 11:55 PM
    I can't believe this has happened....I didn't hear it because I wasn't awake yet but my brother & sister explained to me what happened. I was really upset when I heard where it was because I have family out that way and really didn't know if they were safe or not. Thank God they were! This should of never happened......
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