A farmer tilling his field in the Annaville area struck an underground gas pipeline last week, leading to a call for local residents to shelter in place as emergency personnel attempted to locate the owner of the pipeline.
Corpus Christi Fire Department and Annaville Volunteer Fire Department personnel surrounded the field, located off the intersection of McKenzie Road and State Highway 44. The pipeline burst shortly after 1 p.m. on July 7. CCFD HAZMAT Captain Keith Terry said firefighters were sent to the site in self contained breathing apparatuses to monitor the gas discharge.
Terry said downwind monitoring equipment set up after the break showed no explosive gas readings for the McKenzie Road area. Since the gas itself was headed to local plants at this point and not to consumers, the gas had yet to be odorized, which made it impossible for residents and emergency personnel to detect by smell, Terry said.
After three hours, the order to shelter in place for residents and local businesses was lifted.