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Fire and explosion reported following pipeline rupture south of Midland

Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 9:47 AM CDT
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MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (KOSA) - The Midland Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire in Midkiff near FM 1379 on Tuesday morning.

It was a big fire, but luckily no employees on the Targa Resources site or first responders were injured. 

Fire crews put it out in about two hours.  

Midland officials said Targa Resources is conducting an internal investigation right now figure out how this happened. 

However, CBS7 spoke to Midland County’s fire investigators who said they believe all this started with a leak that couldn’t handle the hot temperatures. 

“More than likely there was a leak in the line which static electricity caused the spark then caused the gasoline to rupture,” Investigator Rusty Winn said.

This is the third time in recent weeks we’ve seen something explode at an oilfield site. 

Two weeks ago, a tank battery exploded in Midland County. 

Three weeks ago, another pipeline ruptured in Martin County, this time injuring two construction workers. 

“So, it’s common these tanks get leaks,” Winn said. “Some of them are metal. Some of them are fiberglass. As soon as oxygen causes any static electricity it can cause it to ignite.”

We reached out to Targa Resources to find out more about the rupture, but we have not heard back. 

A fire was reported at a plant in Midkiff on Tuesday morning.
A fire was reported at a plant in Midkiff on Tuesday morning.(Photo: JanaEric Valencia)

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