Explosion and Fire at Natural Gas Facility Prompts Evacuations in Oklahoma

An explosion and fire erupted at a natural gas facility in Oklahoma on Saturday, prompting residents in the area to evacuate.

Oklahoma authorities responded to the OneOK natural gas plant in Grant County, Oklahoma, after they received reports of an explosion and asked residents within a 5-kilometer radius from the gas plant to leave the area.

The Grant County Sherriff’s Office in Oklahoma said that OneOK made arrangements with various hotels for evacuees.

“For any Medford residents who have been displaced from their homes due to the evacuation, OneOK has made arrangements with the following hotels in Enid to put up residents for the night: Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Springhill Suites, LaQuinta, and Baymont,” the Grant County Sherriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Brad Borror, spokesperson and operator for OneOK, said that all the company’s personnel there had been accounted for and did not report any injuries.

“We are cooperating with local emergency responders and appreciate their quick response. Our focus continues working with emergency responders to extinguish the fire and the safety of the surrounding community and our employees,” Borror said.

The cause of the explosion incident is currently unknown and under investigation.


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