Well Explosion Lights Up Longstreet’s Sky with Area Departments Responding

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On April 4 around 11:20 p.m., DeSoto Fire District 1 received a call, ironically from one of their own volunteer members. The firefighter had arrived on the scene to find a pipeline station engulfed in flames, at the Bell Bower Road and Marshall Road intersection.

DFD 1 Chief Rusty Canton said that they had the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department shut down Hwy 3015 and have residents’ shelter in place in case an evacuation became necessary. There were no homes in the immediate area, but at the time Canton stated he had rather be prepared for the worse.

DeSoto Fire Districts 2 and 5, in addition to the Joaquin Fire Department responded to the call and were on stand-by. Enterprise Products Partners LP. was in charge of the property, with numerous other oilfield and gas production companies assisting with the shutting down of the wells and lines to aid in the bleeding down of the gas lines that were feeding the high-pressure line.

 

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