The blast shook homes and melted window blinds, according to a news release issued by Associated Press. The flames reportedly shot hundreds of feet into the sky. Potter County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Roger Short told AP, "My home is about 20 miles something away and I could see the flames from my home. You could hear the roar of the flames 20 miles away."
Residents in the nearby area were evacuated to a local school, and firefighters managed to get the blaze under control by about 5:30 am.
Investigators are on the scene to examine the pipeline, which is operated by El Paso Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Houston-based El Paso Corp.