Here's the latest on the massive explosion and fire in Columbiana county.
About ten thirty a natural gas main pipeline operated by the Tennessee Gas company ruptured and exploded in a rural area between Hanoverton and Highlandtown in Franklin township... the blast and fire could be seen and heard for miles. 21 News received numerous reports from residents who said the explosion rattled their homes.
The highway patrol tells 21 News there are NO reports of injuries.
And the fire is out and the natural gas has been shut off.
However people who live in proximity to the site of the explosion have been evacuated and directed to emergency shelters that have been set up in the area... because people who depend on natural gas do not have heat in their homes.
Those shelters are at United Local high school, the Franklin township fire department and the Salineville fire department. We don't have a number of the people being evacuated.
21 News has reporters and photographers on scene covering the aftermath of the explosion and the evacuation.
And we will bring you the latest on the story on WFMJ Today beginning at 5am.