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State Investigators Look Into Enka Pipeline Explosion

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Witnesses say the explosion sent flames more than 100 feet high into the air. Witnesses say the explosion sent flames more than 100 feet high into the air.
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. - A gas line explosion on Sand Hill Road in the Enka community is currently being investigated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

According to the agency’s deputy director Bill Gilmore, the investigation is standard procedure mandated by the federal government.

PSNC Energy is also conducting its own investigation of what caused the natural gas line to rupture.

The incident is still fresh on the minds of those who were forced to evacuate from their homes.

“The whole house started shaking and a few seconds later, we heard all the debris raining down on our roof,” said Jeremy Scotchmer.

A spokesperson for PSNC says its investigation has revealed the 12-inch pipeline blew after sustaining damage by a contractor in 2003.

PSNC’s vice president of gas operations George Ratchford told Asheville Citizen-Times “It did not create a small hole; it removed some metal on the pipe. We did not know that till we removed the section of the pipeline that night.”

The faulty pipe is currently being replaced, according to a company spokesperson.

Both investigations are expected to be completed within 30 days.

PSNC will also pay for any property damage the explosion may have caused.

Some residents are dealing with roof issues, broken windows and melted siding from the heat.

“I want to make sure that all that shaking didn’t make my house unsafe or something,” says Tommie Smith who lives off of Sand Hill Road.

If your property was damaged by the explosion and fire, you can call PSNC to file a claim at 1-877-776-2427.

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