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Friday, December 14, 2012

I-77 reopened after gas pipeline explosion

I-77 reopened after gas pipeline explosion

By Chris Togneri and Timothy Puko

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Darrell Sigmon pointed Wednesday to a stone the size of a bowling ball, embedded in the ground a few feet from his house. Inside the home, debris covered the living room floor, remnants of other flying rocks that did not miss.

“I‘m moving,” Sigmon said less than 24 hours after he and his girlfriend jumped out a window to escape the fireball of a massive gas line explosion. “I don‘t want to be anywhere near those gas lines.”

Neighbors surveyed the still-smoking debris of what used to be a quiet, picturesque community before a 20-inch gas line exploded on Tuesday, demolishing four houses and damaging several others. Many people remained in hotels or with family.

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