HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — A massive plume of smoke is filling the skyline after a major gas line has exploded in Helena.
Fire units are headed to the scene, according to McAdory Fire Station #2.
The explosion took place near 334 Highway 13. At this time, a response team has been called in from Jefferson County as well as a tanker from the McAdory Fire Department.
The gas explosion appears to be massive. There is an evacuation in effect for a three mile radius.
UAB has received five patients associated with the explosion, but at this time, there is no word on their condition.
Helena police are stating that there was an explosion in the Shelby County Jurisdiction, and that no Helena residents are in danger.
Travel is not being impacted to students who get dropped off on County Road 13, according to the transportation director with Shelby County schools.
Colonial Pipeline released the following statement:
Colonial has shut down its mainlines in Shelby County, Ala., after reports of a fire on its right of way. Colonial personnel and emergency crews are responding.
Colonial’s top priorities are the health and safety of the work crew on site and protection of the public.
More information will be posted on www.colpipe.com as it becomes available and is confirmed.