POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 4:58pm
Red Springs, Smith County (KETK) — Firefighters were on scene of a gas tank explosion in northern Smith County early Friday morning.
Authorities tell KETK, the explosion happened around 3:30 a.m., just south of the intersection of Farm to Market Road 16 and Highway 14, across the street from the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge.
The blast scorched two acres of nearby land and residents in the surrounding area say the explosion shook their homes and woke them up.
Although there was talk of evacuating nearby families, authorities were able to cut off the gas allowing residents to stay in their homes.
No one was injured but 80 percent of the facility was destroyed. Red Springs Fire Department was assisted by Winona and Lindale officials.
The Smith County Fire Marshal is investigating what caused the explosion.