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Panola County, TX — Pipeline Rupture Engulfs Night Sky Near East Texas Airport

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 8:29 am by Williams Hart    

Authorities are reporting that on Wednesday around 10 P.M., a pipeline ruptured just outside of Carthage on Highway 79 near County Road 301. 

According to the sheriff’s office, the pipeline did not explode, but ruptured under back pressure and the gas inside ignited. 

Fortunately, the incident occurred in a remote rural area and far from the nearby Panola County Airport.

Although no local residents were injured after a ball of fire erupted from DCP Midstream transmission line, witnesses reported hearing a strange hissing sound before the ground underneath their homes shook, followed by an eerie orange glow seemingly just feet from their windows.


More than 50 pipeline accidents have occured in the United States between 1962 and 2018. Thankfully, this one took no casualties. 

Although the number of oil and gas extraction industry injuries has been on the decline in more recent years, this incident a reminder that oil and gas industry employers must continue implementing safety measures such as engineering controls that would further reduce workers’ exposure to potentially fatal hazards.

Occupational injuries in the oil and gas industry are not uncommon, especially in relation to pipeline sites. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that your family and loved one deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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