Gas Explosion Rocks Beaver County Community Early Monday Morning

Sep 10, 2018

Authorities say a gas explosion in western Pennsylvania has spurred evacuations, but no injuries have been reported.

Beaver County officials told news outlets a gas line caused the blast, which was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Monday in Center. A home, two garages and several vehicles were destroyed by fires caused by the blast, but crews were able to move several horses to safety.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and an orange glow filling the sky.

Roughly 30 homes near the site were evacuated as a precaution, and the Central Valley school district canceled all classes for Monday due to the blast.

At least one lane of Interstate 376 eastbound was also closed in the area after power lines fell across the highway.

*This story was updated at 10:47 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.