Gas Pipe Explodes, Ignites Fire in Orion Township, Michigan


All 911 and non-emergency 10 digit telephone services at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and countywide PSAPs were fully restored early this morning following an outage after the fire incident.

The fire burned itself out after responders cut off the flow of gas on either end of a 7-mile section of the line.

The Orion Township Fire Department and Consumers Energy are both at the scene.

The cause for the line rupture remains under investigation.

The fire broke out on vacant land.

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Callers are saying it is a gas line explosion.

Auburn Hills police asked that people avoid the area of Brown/Joslyn and Brown/Baldwin, calling it "a large outdoor fire".

Helicopter footage released by sheriff's officials offers a look at the 18-foot-deep crater left by a natural gas line explosion that occurred in Metro Detroit Monday night.

"My son and I went outside to see where it came from and flames went up about 200 feet in the sky".

Police said fire personnel were ordering evacuations as a result of the fire.