Gas Explosion in Hardy County
December 7, 2004
I wanted to pass along word that there was a Columbia Gas explosion this morning located in the heart of Mathias, WV. The explosion could be felt as far away as 40 miles which is reported. My grandma who lives 4 miles away felt the explosion in her house and could hear it very audibly.
No fatalities are confirmed yet, but the Mathias Garage (owed by family of mine) was appearantly destroyed. A family friend's grandfather, a young boy that works there, and the owner were all taken to UVA for severe burns.
WV 259 is closed from the Broadway Virginia side as well as WV 259 is closed from the Baker side. Residents within a 6 mile radius of that area are being evacuated to East Hardy High School.
Keep those people in your prayers and hopefully no fatalities result of this.
"Keep those people in your prayers and hopefully no fatalities result of this."
I will Brad. Sounds like quite a catastrophe. Keep us posted.
Explosion Rocks Hardy County Community
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Five people are hospitalized and dozens more have been evacuated from their homes in Hardy County following a natural gas explosion in the community of Mathias. An auto repair shop, called the Mathias Garage, exploded Tuesday morning.
Hardy County Emergency Services Director Paul Lewis says the force of the explosion destroyed the garage. He says debris was scattered several hundred feet from the area and a fire destroyed everything that was left.
Lewis says all of the victims suffered burn injuries. They are being treated in hospitals in Winchester and Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Lewis says the area is a major underground storage location for natural gas. He says that has prompted authorities to evacuate residents living in a two-mile radius of the garage. Police have also closed busy Route-259 between Baker and the Virginia line.
Lewis says East Hardy High School and a few churches are being used as shelters. Students are being held at East Hardy High unless their parents come and get them.
Lewis says gas company crews are bleeding off a large 12- mile long gas line to eliminate the threat of further explosions."