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An aerial view of the site of the explosion shows a much more populated area today

On Saturday December 6, 1986 at 3:20 a.m., a 30 inch natural gas pipeline under Pelahatchie Bay exploded waking up residents near the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The explosion happened on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay.

At the time of the explosion the north shore was sparsely populated and there were no serious injuries or property damage.


​The blast was so intense that is set off sensors in a U. S. Department of Defense satellite 22,000 miles above the Earth. The satellite notified officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency who called the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on a special telephone line to find out what was causing the intense heat. 

Dusty Perkins, spokesman for MEMA at the time, said the glow of the fire was so bright that airline pilots flying near Houston, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee reported seeing it. 

Crews from the pipe line owner, United Gas Pipe Line Co. of Houston, Texas, shut off valves to the north and south of the explosion around 5:00 a.m. The fire eventually burned itself out at 6:45 a.m.

Flames were estimated to reach heights of 700 ft and prompted the FAA to restrict aircraft from flying below 7,000 feet within a two mile radius of the blast. 

Officials said the cause of the blast was likely a "mechanical malfunction", one speculated that shifting Yazoo clay could have caused a stress crack in the line.  The line had pressures from 600 to 900 pounds per square inch and a leak would immediately ignite due to the friction of escaping gas.

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Fire from pipeline explosion as seen from the Audubon Point boat landing - about 1.5 miles from the site of the explosion

Pipeline Explosion at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

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Street view of the site of the pipeline explosion today

Pipeline Explosion at the Ross Barnett Reservoir