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The Jaw-Dropping Pictures of the 'Major' West Virginia Gas Line Explosion

Mays wrote this photo was taken by Kanawha County Emergency Services. (Photo via Twitter)

A major gas line explosion that occurred just before 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sissonville, W. Va., has 911 officials recommending those in the area stay sheltered, according to WSAZ.

The local station reported that emergency crews are on the scene at Teresa Lane in Kanawha County, which is about 15 miles from Charleston. The gas line has been capped, but crews are reportedly calling it a "major explosion," according to WSAZ.

Mackenzie Mays, the education reporter from the West Virginia Gazette, posted this picture (below) on Twitter.

Mays wrote this photo was taken by Kanawha County Emergency Services. (Photo via Twitter)

The flames could be seen by those nearby. All northbound lanes of I-77 were closed at the I-77/79 split in Charleston, according to WSAZ.

Just after 2 p.m., Commissioner Kent Carper said fire was out, but the thick smell of natural gas remains in the air, according to West Virginia Metro News. WCHS reported four buildings being set one fire from the blast.

There have been no reported injuries yet. The explosion did occur near an elementary school -- which will not be evacuated at this time and was said not be impacted by the explosion -- and a nursing home.

The Charleston Daily Mail has been keeping a breaking blog post with updates, including photos.

(Photo: @ashleybcraig/Twitter)

(Photo: @WSAZKarie/Twitter)

(Photo: @kalliecart/Twitter)

Here are the recent tweets from the Kanawha County emergency response agency:

A spokesperson with Mountaineer Gas told WSAZ it was not one of their lines that exploded but its crew is on the scene to help.

This is a breaking story. TheBlaze will update this post as more information becomes available. 

(H/T: Business Insider)

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