Officials say the big ball of fire is nothing to fear

POWHATAN POINT, OHIO (WTRF) - If you saw a large ball of fire or a bright sky south of Moundsville Tuesday night, officials say there was nothing to worry about.

This is all part of the final phases of the cleaning process following a well pad explosion at the XTO well pad that happened back on February 15.

XTO officials told 7News the natural gas stream had been diverted into a nearby containment area where it was being flared. XTO warned that noises could be heard accompanying the large fire. 

Diverting and flaring the natural gas flowing from the well was to ensure that no natural gas remained in the area where the team was working during the containment operations, XTO said

Manager of Public and Government Affairs, Karen Matusic said they were being very careful and the flaring process was the safest way to cap the well. XTO had a fire truck at the site to ensure a prompt response should they have needed it along with keeping a crew there around the clock to monitor the situation.

XTO claims office remained open and the company urged any local residents who may have been impacted to give them a call at 1-855-351-6573.

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