GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. – Authorities say crews are responding to a gas pipeline rupture in Garland County Wednesday evening.
A spokesperson for the Garland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that there was a rupture at 4:45 p.m. behind a home in the 1400 block of Highway 298 near Jessieville. Authories said there were two explosions tied to the rupture.
Drone footage captured by Josh Coleman showed the massive fire that erupted from the pipeline rupture.
The fire is contained, though crews on the scene report seeing a 200 to 300-foot plume of fire in the air.
Multiple agencies are responding to the scene, including Arkansas State Police, Garland County Office of Emergency Services, Life Net, the Arkansas Departments of Transportation & Forestry and fire departments from Jessieville, Fountain Lake, Buckeville and Piney.
Deputies said that as of 5:30 p.m., there are no known injuries in connection with the pipeline rupture.
This rupture has led to evacuations in the area, stretching from Harding Road on Highway 298 to 1014 block of Hwy 298. The Jessieville High School is being opened for evacuees.
Just after 7:10 p.m., GCSO officials said that State Highway 298 had been reopened.
No structures are on fire from this rupture.
The pipeline is owned by Energy Transfer. Crews with the company said one end of the pipeline has been shut down and that they are working on the other end now.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.