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Massive pipeline explosion seen across state lines

MARSHALL CO., W.Va. (WTRF) - A massive pipeline explosion in Marshall County shook homes and could be seen across state lines.

The TransCanada pipeline explosion this morning was so powerful it shook 7News viewers' houses and could be seen for miles.

"Heard a big boom first, sky was all lit up back on here, I figured it was a gas line blow or a well went off, so I just went back to bed, listen to it roar," said Shark Martin, Nixon Ridge resident.

Shark says he's lived on the Ridge for 25-years.

Thursday morning's explosion, which happened around 4:15, is one of the biggest he's seen, but he says it still did not bother him.

"No sense getting excited about something if it's up close to me than I take care of my own," said Shark.

Hundreds of others in the area woke up alarmed by what they saw.

The pictures and videos from viewers spanned three states, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The explosion could be seen off of the interstate, from the mall, and even at the Pittsburgh Airport.

Marshall County EMA director Tom Hart said he could see the fire before he got on scene.

""From my residence you could actually hear the roar from Cameron and you could see the glow in the sky," said Hart.

The site of the 36-inch natural gas line rupture was under construction.

When TransCanada noticed a drop in pressure, they immediately shot off the line and started emergency procedures they had just practiced on Tuesday with first responders.

 "This will be the 8th rupture that we've experienced in Marshall County since March of 2013," said Hart.

West Virginia DEP examined what the explosion left behind -- a crater and ten acres of land burned and disturbed.

"I'm glad to see them in here as far as the economy, but you know I'd just like to see them have a little more respect for the locals, I mean, we have to live here," said Shark.

Hart said the residents in Marshall County are very resilient.


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