BREAKING NEWS: Opal, Wyoming Evacuated After Gas Explosion
Authorities have evacuated the town of Opal in southwestern Wyoming after an afternoon explosion at a gas plant.
Stephanie Harsha with the Wyoming Department of Transportation says several highways have also been closed in the area.
“Per our highway patrol dispatch and the Lincoln County sheriff’s office, there are no injuries currently being reported at this time, and the roads will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.
Harsha says U.S. Highway 30 and Wyoming Highway 240 were closed shortly after 3:20 p.m.
Stephen Malik, a Lincoln County spokesperson, says no structures were affected by the explosion, and the town was evacuated as a precaution. He also says the fire has also been confined to the area of the explosion.
The 95-resident town is about 100 miles east of Salt Lake City and 70 miles west of Rock Springs. The evacuation includes an area 3 miles outside the city limits.
The first report of the explosion was fielded by authorities at around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
We will have additional updates as they become available.
This story contains Associated Press content. Anthony Pollreisz, Roger Gray and Tom Morton contributed to this story.