Massive fireball seen in Kentucky likely from ruptured gas line

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Massive fireball seen in Kentucky likely from ruptured gas line originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

A tremendous explosion was reported in Kentucky's Lincoln County before dawn on Thursday as witnesses photographed a fireball ascending into the dark sky.

An initial report indicates a gas line ruptured in the Moreland community, between Junction City and Hustonville, according to the Perryville Kentucky Fire Department, which urged the public to steer clear of the scene and to not travel nearby.

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The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office told ABC News a "large explosion" occurred in the early morning hours, but the cause was unknown and there were no injuries reported at the time.

PHOTO: A massive explosion was reported in Lincoln County, Kentucky, early Thursday. (Austinping99 via Twitter)

PHOTO: A massive explosion was reported in Lincoln County, Kentucky, early Thursday. (Austinping99 via Twitter)

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Residents were being evacuated in Moreland and Hustonville "as a precaution," the sheriff's office said.

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People captured the aftermath of the explosion on video and in photos, showing bright orange flames and thick clouds of smoke on the horizon.

ABC News' Will Gretsky contribute to this report.

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