UPDATE | Investigation continues into pipeline explosion in Jenkins County

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Monday, Oct. 12, 2016

JENKINS COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An initial investigation into a pipeline explosion in Jenkins County over the weekend has caused Southern Natural Gas to keep that portion out of service temporarily.

According to a Kinder Morgan representative, a detailed investigation and repair plan is being developed to restore this portion of the line to service.

The leak happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The police did not evacuate anyone in the nearby town of Perkins, however visitors of Magnolia State Park were evacuated.

According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the explosion happened near Perkins Road and the airport in Perkins. The cause of the explosion is still unknown at this time.



Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 | UPDATE: 5:25 p.m.

JENKINS COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Highway 25 has reopened after a gas line explosion caused the road to close earlier Saturday afternoon.

According to our reporter on the scene, Kinder Morgan is still there investigating and could be there most of the night. The gas line is still leaking at this hour.

Kinder Morgan representative said the leak happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Personnel are currently responding to assess the situation and have isolated the line by closing valves.

The nearby town of Perkins is a small community, and the police did not evacuate anyone there.

People staying at Magnolia State Park included hurricane evacuees and they were relocated to the town of Millen. Jenkins County EMA Director Alvin Burke said that they have since been allowed to return to Magnolia State Park.

According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the explosion happened near Perkins Road and the airport in Perkins. The cause of the explosion is still unknown at this time.



Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 | UPDATE: 4:58 p.m.

JENKINS COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Millen Police Chief Dwayne Herrington tells News 12 NBC 26 that a gas line explosion in the county "sounded like a jet engine times ten."

Herrington said that the airport did not have any incoming flights to worry about after the incident, but a warning was sent out to Norfolk Southern to stop a train from coming through.

The nearby town of Perkins is a small community, and the police did not evacuate anyone there. Those evacuated at Magnolia State Park were relocated to the town of Millen, and it was unclear when they could return to the park.

Highway 25 will be reopened in both directions once crews clear the scene. The cause of the explosion is still unknown at this time.



Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 | UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.

JENKINS COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Jenkins County investigators are evacuating those staying at Magnolia State Park, including some hurricane evacuees after a gas line explosion.

Residents in the area should not be alarmed, only those staying at Magnolia State Park are being evacuated.

Kinder Morgan is on scene handling the situation, there is no fire and they are working to get the leak cleaned up.

Jenkins County dispatch cannot confirm where those staying at the park were relocated to. There is still no word on the cause of the explosion.



Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are working the scene of a gas line explosion in Jenkins County along Highway 25.

Georgia State Patrol is closing Highway 25 in Burke County and Jenkins County one mile in both directions while crews assess the gas line.

According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the explosion happened near Perkins Road and the airport in Perkins.

There is currently no reports of fire or injuries. This is a developing story, stay tuned.