No worries! Soaring flames in Abilene are 'natural gas flarings'


ABILENE, Texas - No need to worry!

Soaring flames being spotted in south Abilene are "controlled natural gas flarings" on Atmos Energy property near Clack Middle School.

The flarings, which are occurring at 1501 Corsicana Ave., will be conducted at "various times" at that location -- Tuesday through Thursday of this week.

Multiple Abilene fire trucks were sent to the scene Tuesday morning, only to be called back when they learned of the flarings.

News release from Atmos Energy:

Atmos Energy crews and contractors will oversee controlled natural gas flarings Tuesday, June 21 st through Thursday, June 23 rd at various times on Atmos Energy property located at 1501 Corsicana Avenue.

The company will be performing maintenance on a section of natural gas pipeline in the area as part of normal, routine maintenance operations.

"Flaring" is a standard industry practice to safely burn natural gas that must be removed from a specific section of pipeline so that employees can work on the pipe. People in the area will notice a large, controlledflame and moderate noise throughout the flaring process.

The Taylor County sheriff's department, City of Abilene, Abilene Fire Department, and 911 operators have all been advised of the flaring.

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