Incredible Video of Huge Explosion Reported in Intracoastal City [UPDATE 11:28 AM]
A huge explosion in Intracoastal City this morning, caused by the blowout of a natural gas pipeline, briefly closed Highway 333 in south Vermilion Parish.
A half-mile area, just west of Highway 333, was also briefly evacuated, according to state police.
State Trooper Stephen Hammons confirmed the explosion involved a gas pipeline and that as of this morning is currently no timeframe for when fires will be put out in the surrounding area.
"We don't yet have a timeframe for when we'll have this cleaned up," Hammons said. [Editor's note: It appears the fire is now contained and Highway 333 has been reopened.]
"We were out on the balcony and it look like lightning struck," said Eric Thompson, a bystander who witnessed the explosion. "We turned around and it was like the sun came up."
Thompson confirmed the explosion was caused by a natural gas pipeline.
As of 6:49 AM, Highway 333 has been reopened. "The cause of rupture and fire remains under investigation, but the highway has been reopened."
Video Taken at the Scene of the Explosion