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Explosion in Knifley area reported at 1:30amCT

(Coordinated coverage started at 1:40 received from Larry Smith. Items below are are newest first, from several sources)

By Larry Smith, FM 92.7, the Big Dawg
Coordinated with the staff at

(Approximately 2:49amCT) Superintendent Alan W. Reed of the Adair County School District called to let students and parents know that THERE WILL BE SCHOOL in Adair County today.

(Approximately 2:15amCT) - A call to CM from Drew Bennett of Fox 41 WDRB in Louisville that they are covering the explosion.

(Approximately 2:10amCT) - Automated recorded message from Greg Thomas that there are multiple woods fires, and residential structure fires in the Knifley area. Thomas said that 911 is not yet asking people to evacuate Knifley, but for residents to use their own best judgment. He reported that five fire departments have responded so far. - EW

(Approximately 2amCT) - Tiffany Hadley Kessler called to say that she and husband Eddie are volunteering to help anyone with blankets and pillows and any other help - including making coffee. she had received word from Sharon Burton of the Community Voice earlier of the disaster at Knifley. "The report is already on WBKO Bowling Green, KY," she said. And we've heard at least 3 helicopters this morning."

(Approximately 1:51amCT) - Alan Reed is on KY 551 near the scene. On top of the hill north of the Plum Point Bridge, he said he could see the flames. Since reaching the Billy Rice home on KY 551 he has had intermittent smell of gas. He said he met an ambulance coming south toward Columbia. On the way, he had seen a man entering the control station near the old airstrip. (As sirens could be heard in Columbia and as, a few minutes later, a helicopter could be heard overhead in Columbia).

(Approximately 1:43amCT) - This email received: "Plum Point Baptist Church is open to anyone who needs a place to go due to explosion in knifley. --Misty Coffey

(Approximately 1:40) - Rhonda Keltner sent an email: "911 is evacuating Knifley."

(Approximately 1:30amCT) - There has been a gas line explosion in the Knifley area. From the video I have received it is huge. Flames could be seen shooting high in the air. We'll have more details on it later on FM 92.7 and FM 99.9. as well as on ColumbiaMagazine. LARRY SMITH

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Knifley Pipeline Explosion: Approach to blocked KY 76

2014-02-13 - Knifley, KY - Photo By Alan W. Reed.
Eerie Glow:As I approached the blocked area (about .6 miles west of Crossroads in Knifley) on the Elkhorn Road, there was an eerie glow. . . and this was taken several minutes after the explosion. I've been told by eyewitnesses that the first flames went 300-400 feet into the air. This would be at the foot of the hill. As near as I could estimate ground zero, it would have been south of Perkins Loop and Robinson Ridge. The area affected, I've learned from David Jones, our Adair Director of Pupil Transportation is in the Sam's Lane to Perkins Loop area. While an event of this magnitude is having a huge impact - I've learned that a large number of Knifley area residents have chosen, on their own, to evacuate their homes - David Jones is planning the orderly dispatch of school buses and we'll be operating schools today; if we're learning anything from this event, it is from the professionalism of first responders, who are now doing the job they've trained for, and doing it without panic. - from Alan W. Reed, Adair County School Superintendent
Coordinated coverage of the Gas Line Explosion being carried by Larry Smith and the news teams at WAVE 92.7 FM and the Big Dawg 99.9 and

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