Lightning struck a live power line late Tuesday afternoon, causing it to come down on a gas meter. The gas meter caught on fire and electricity traveled along the metal underground gas line for several blocks, blowing a hole in line about three blocks away.
Oologah police Lt. Jared Tice said the police had evacuated the area of Oologah from Highway 88 to Cooweescoowee Avenue and Boundary Street to US 169.
The gas lines were closed and the fire contained about 7:30 p.m Tuesday. Firefighters went door-to-door to double check for damage inside any homes. Residents were allowed to return home about 8:30 pm.
ONG said that 11 homes are without gas service. Lines will be repaired or replaced this week.
The initial strike occurred in the back yard of a home at Saddle Lane and Boundary Street. The second gas line fire was just north of Leroy Garrison’s home on Boundary Street between Alton and Sunday Avenues.
See more details in this week’s Leader.
Here’s a link to Fire Chief Puckett’s news conference: