TV: Gas pipeline fire out of control in Louisiana bayou — 19 miles long with fuel still inside — Could burn for days (VIDEO)

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 3:18 pm ET
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WGNO (h/t Anonymous tip): It happened just before 7 o’clock Tuesday evening about two miles from the C & M Marina. Authorities say a tug boat first caught fire, then the fire spread to the barge.

WGNO: A tug boat is on fire after emergency reponders believe it struck a fuel line in Bayou Perot near Lafitte Harbor. [...]  Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WGNO News that the barge is on fire, and a representative from the U.S. Coast Guard says the fire is burning out of control.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

Associated Press: There was still liquid petroleum gas in the 19-mile pipeline and authorities were waiting for it to burn out, Coast Guard Petty Officer Alex Washington said.

Associated Press, 2:45p ET: The Coast Guard says it will likely take until Thursday or later for a pipeline fire in Louisiana to burn itself out. Capt. Jonathan Burton said the barge was carrying 92,000 gallons of oil, but none was believed to be leaking. He said a sheen, which could be from diesel fuel, was spotted in Bayou Perot about 30 miles south of New Orleans. Four people aboard the tugboat were injured, one severely. Smoke rising from the site was visible Wednesday from downtown New Orleans. [...]

UPDATE HERE: New flyover footage of Louisiana pipeline blaze -- Officials monitoring air quality -- Unknown how long it will burn -- Can't be put out due to explosion risk (VIDEOS)

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