Adair County Pipeline Explosion Update

ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Today Adair County is left in shock after a tremendous explosion yesterday, that demolished two houses, and had two in the hospital.

A gas leak triggered the blast just after one in the morning, and it left a hole 60 feet deep and 50 feet wide.

Roads were closed due to debris and the area was evacuated, but yesterday afternoon, roadways were cleared off and people were allowed back into the Knifley Community.

Today the Columbia Pipeline Group is visiting residents of the area.

"Columbia Pipeline personnel have told me that in the immediate area surrounding the blast area they will be going in the next few days, today, and so forth to check and make sure that everybody is all right. To see if they have any concerns or needs from this. They want to do everything they can to make everything right," said Greg Thomas the Adair County Emergency Management Director.

During the federal investigation, officials will be looking for weaknesses in the pipeline or what might have caused the explosion.

Thomas said it could take 6 months to a year before the gas line is repaired and running.

Meanwhile security is surrounding the area.

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