A gas line explosion near Strasburg, Virginia, on Friday afternoon, caused a fire that was contained by firefighters, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said.
The explosion happened at a home on Battlefield Road, and the fire spread to a nearby barn. The sheriff’s office said that no injuries were reported.
The sheriff’s office said that the fire was caused by a gas line that was struck by a backhoe. The gas line was owned by Dominion Energy, and the company said that it was working to repair the line.
The fire caused traffic delays in the area, and the sheriff’s office said that Battlefield Road was closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.
The sheriff’s office said that the investigation into the explosion is ongoing.
In other news:
- The fire is the latest in a series of gas line explosions in Virginia. In 2021, a gas line explosion in Appomattox killed two people and injured several others.
- Dominion Energy has been criticized for its handling of gas line safety in Virginia. In 2020, the company was fined $1 million for failing to properly maintain its gas lines.
- The fire is a reminder of the dangers of gas line explosions. If you smell gas, it is important to evacuate the area and call 911 immediately.
What to do if you smell gas:
- If you smell gas, do not light a match or turn on any electrical appliances.
- Evacuate the area immediately and call 911.
- Stay away from the area until the gas company has arrived and declared the area safe.
Dominion Energy’s response:
Dominion Energy said that it is working to repair the gas line and that it will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the explosion. The company said that it is committed to the safety of its customers and that it will take all necessary steps to prevent future incidents.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who has information about the explosion to contact them.