The fires at the site of a pipeline explosion in Milford lit up the sky all day Thursday, but tonight are burning lower. Residents remain evacuated, as Chevron crews work to secure the explosion site.
Milford Residents will be allowed to briefly return to their homes on Friday, as crews continue to secure the area surrounding the site where a natural gas pipeline caught fire and exploded Thursday morning.
Some 700 Milford residents are away from home tonight. The entire town was evacuated after workers punctured a Chevron gas pipeline — causing a huge explosion. Chevron set up a claims hotline for people forced to evacuate.
Keyshia Smith heard the explosion and watched flames rise just beyond her porch. She says, a sheriff’s deputy arrived. “Banging on the door saying, ‘…The pipeline is under your house. You need to go before your house explodes.’”
Deputies are keeping residents out of the town of Milford. Roadblocks are up at every entrance — on the other side environmental agencies are busy testing air quality. Workers told CBS 11 News crew’s initial tests show the air is not toxic.
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