UPATE: At 1:00 p.m. a spokeswoman for Panhandle Eastern, which is a gas company headquartered out of Houston, Vicki Granado, called KMZU and confirmed there was an incident this morning in Johnson County. They initially got the call around 10:13 a.m. Ms. Granado said there were no injuries, and crews were able to get the gas turned off. The fire was able to burn itself out. Granado stated that it was an interstate transmission line that pumps gas to all parts of the country and crews were able to re-route the flow. An investigation is being launched into what caused the incident. The pipeline is not a utility line and therefore gas service to residents in the area will not be affected. The area surrounding the fire is secure at this time.
Around 10:30 Monday morning KMZU news received two reports of a gas pipe explosion in Centerview, MO which is located in Johnson County. According to one listener, flames were shooting in the air and could be seen from 50 Highway. The location is reportedly on 701 County Road. One listener stated the gas company was on scene and has the gas turned off but the fire has to burn itself out. Please use caution in the area or find an alternate route.