Neighbors worry pipeline explosion could happen again


As you heard Thursday morning on 7News, it was an alarming wakeup for residents in the Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County. 

Around 4:15 a.m., they heard a loud noise and awoke to flames as a TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded. 

Several families 7News spoke to have lived off of Fish Creek Road for decades and could see those flames from their homes. 

While the physical damage to their homes isn’t much, they say the emotional damage might be worse. The incident scared all of them and now residents worry it will happen again.  

“We have kids, you know they live here,” said Jason Steed.”We’re worried about them. It blew up once, what’s to say it won’t happen again.” 

That’s still on the minds of many residents who spent the morning afraid flames would come closer to their homes. 

“We were just thinking, what was gonna happen?” said Raymond Steed. “Is it gonna come over the hill or is it not? We just didn’t have a clue. Extremely scary, I didn’t know what was gonna happen.” 

“I thought it was a tornado or it sounded like an earthquake to some but it was loud and scary,” added Jim Wilson, whose lived in the area for nearly two decades. 

The families say their damage is minimal, mainly some displaced roofing, but they are worried about the charred leaves and soot that fell onto the property. 

TransCanada told 7News that representatives spent the afternoon knocking on doors to assess the situation and leave contact information for those who had questions, but neighbors we spoke with say they haven’t heard from anyone. 

“They gotta do something,” added Jason Steed, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years. “Nobody had said anything to us and you know we’re still in the dark. We don’t know what happened.”) 

And they want to know what’s being done to keep this from happening again. 

“I’ve been concerned since they started,” Wilson said. “I knew it was gonna happen. It was just a matter of time when and where is the next one gonna happen and how bad’s it gonna be.”

Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart said anyone with damage can contact the West Virginia DEP at 304-238-1220. 

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