Gas explosion causes fire in Johnson County

Smoke and leaping flames could be seen for miles in Johnson County, Texas today from a gas explosion.

A giant plume of fire was burning after an explosion in a rural area near Cleburne in north central Texas. Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Snow said he did not yet have details on today's explosion.

The explosion occured about 2:30 Monday afternoon and rattled windows in homes in the area. The explosion and fire were reported near the city of Pecan Plantation.

Witnesses reported flames two hundred to three hundred feet in the air. The number of possible injuries or fatalities is not known.

He said he had no immediate word on damage or injuries.
Television images showed a large fireball and a burned out
vehicle and construction equipment.

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