2009-09-03 / Front Page

Pipeline Explosion Rocks South Lee County

An apparent rupture of a pipeline located in south Lee County on the property of Albert Schautschick last Thursday morning shocked a few people who heard it explode.

The Lee County Sheriff 's Department received a 911 call at 8:36 a.m. Thursday morning reporting that Schautschick was working in his pasture when he heard a gas line explode. Sheriff Rodney Meyer and Deputy Crockett responded to the residence on PR 2903, along with the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department and the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department.

The pipeline, owned by DCP Mainstream in Warda, initially sent flames 30 to 40 feet in the air. By 9:05 a.m. the company had blocked the line feeding it and the fire died down to no more than five feet tall. As the vapors were allowed to continue to burn off, the flame eventually was no more than six inches tall and burned for about three hours as the last trace of vapors were allowed to bleed out.

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