Hydrocarbon plant explosion shakes Rice County

KAKE – February 22, 2017


Photo by Brad Barton


A building explosion at a hydrocarbon plant in Rice County Tuesday night made the ground shake for more than 30 miles. No one was injured.

Rice County Emergency Management Director Greg Klein told KAKE News the explosion occurred around 9:40 p.m. in a brick building on the ONEOK property east of Bushton. Klein said there was no fireball, but debris scattered from the building and a fire broke out. Crews were able to put out the fire in about 30 minutes. The cause of the explosion has not been announced.

Klein noted he was in Sterling when the explosion occurred, and felt the shaking 30 miles away. One KAKE viewer reported feeling the earth move in Hutchinson. Another wondered if the area had an earthquake.

Explosions involving ONEOK natural gas lines in Hutchinson killed two people in January 2001, destroyed two businesses and left dozens homeless.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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