WALNUT GROVE, MS (WLBT) - A portion of the town of Walnut Grove was evacuated around 5:30 p.m. for a gas leak on New Year’s Eve.
According to the mayor of Walnut Grove, Brian Gomillion, the accident at Pearl River Propane.
According to the plant manager Barry Conn, 255 gallons of liquid propane was spilled and eventually dissipated.
Mayor Gomillion said about 40-45 homes and two businesses were evacuated but no injuries were reported.
Conn says that while a transport truck was loading residential propane tanks on the back of their truck, the moist ground underneath the vehicle gave way because of recent storms.
This caused one of the tanks to swing and hit another, releasing gas into the air. Conn says the propane looked like a thick cloud. He immediately contacted the fire department and Leake Co. EMA director Tommy Malone.
He was out assessing the area this morning, and the state fire marshal is expected to come out tomorrow to look over the reports of the leak. Conn assured us that there is no longer a threat and everything is clear.
This happened on Rimmer Street just off Highway 35.
The city was first notified of the leak when residents began complaining about the smell of gas.
After the city’s gas facility was found to be okay officials discovered the accident with Pearl River Propane.
Due to the heavy humidity and lack of wind, the evacuation of a portion of the town was a precautionary measure.
Mayor Gomillion encourages residents to sign up for the free Nixle alert system that the town offers. Just text 39189 to the number 888-777.
The mayor says the all clear was given to residents to return home around 7:00 p.m. There will be a ban on shooting fireworks tonight due to the incident.
The plant manager Barry Conn said the area was roped off the night of the incident.
The next morning, Jan 1st, Conn was out assessing the area. The state fire marshal is expected to come out Jan, 2nd to look over the reports of the leak.
Conn assures us that there is no longer a threat and that everything is clear.