DEP: Compressor stations shows signs of explosion

By Chelsea Bishop
By Dave Greber

May 15, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Brooklyn Township, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania DEP officials say there is evidence of an explosion at a gas compressor station that caught fire late Tuesday night in Brooklyn Township.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has sent air quality inspectors to look at the Williams Compressor Station.

The compressor station in the 100 block of Turnpike Road in Brooklyn Township, near Montrose, caught fire shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Eleven Williams employees were on site when the fire occurred in one of the station's compressors. All of them were able to evacuate safely and there were no injuries.

DEP officials said Wednesday they found visual evidence of an explosion.

That's different from what officials from Williams said early Wednesday morning, that there was no explosion, only fire.

Williams Operations Manager Mike Dickinson said the safety systems at the compressor station acted as intended and prevented more damage.

"The emergency safety devices in the facility acted as they were supposed to and emergency responders responded in a very professional manner, and those two items definitely minimized the event that we had tonight," Dickinson said.

Crews from Montrose, Hop Bottom, Clifford and Harford were called to the scene shortly before 11:10 p.m. Tuesday.

When Action News arrived just after midnight, there were no flames. A white smoke visible from more than 200 yards away hung over the site as crews worked through the facility.

The DEP expects to be investigating on site most of the day Wednesday.