It was just after midnight.
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GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS -- Many across the Panhandle were awakened early Wednesday morning by a massive orange haze.
That orange haze, according to the Gray County Sheriff's Office, was a large fire on a natural gas pipeline.
[...]Officials closed down a portion of the highway for nearly two hours as firefighters battled the blaze, authorities said.
The Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America owns the pipeline, which was shut down shortly after the explosion, company spokesman Joe Hollier said in a news release. The business has two major natural gas pipelines that stretch to the Chicago area.
Company officials are investigating the cause of the explosion, according to the news release.[...][emphasis added.]
And just a reminder ~ click here to read the recent General Accounting Office's Report on federally "unregulated" gas gathering pipelines in the United States of America.