Gas line explosion forces evacuations, destroys home in Beaver County

Neighbors evacuated after gas explosion

CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The massive gas explosion in Beaver County jolted residents who live in the area right out of bed.

The explosion at the Energy Transfer line happened around 5 a.m. along Ivy Lane in Center Township.

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Residents woke up to a loud noise that sounded like a freight train.

Channel 11 talked to several people who live near the gas explosion happened. Residents said flames and a bright orange glow lit up the night sky

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Residents ran down the street to see what was going on and they were greeted by firefighters who were going door to door evacuating everyone.

“A major explosion, I thought it was a plane crash honestly. My wife and I jumped out of bed and it was just like a light. It looked like daylight. It was a ball of flame like I’ve never seen before,” resident Chuck Belczyk said.

One house was destroyed, and several cars were burned, officials said during a news conference.

Anyone who experiences property damage is urged to call Energy Transfer at 1-800-445-5846.