Don Gilliam, the county’s Emergency Management Director, told the reporters that the flames rose 300 feet in the air.
The explosion set fire to six structures, closed portions of U.S. Highway 127 and forced the evacuation of the Indian Camp trailer park. Residents are sheltering at New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford.
Emergency responders say several people are unaccounted for. Gilliam urged people gathering for a multi-state yard sale to stay away as tanker trucks worked to put out fires.
Someone in the area used a phone to capture video to YouTube showing the massive fireball created by the high pressure natural gas explosion.