A natural gas leak in East Texas has prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.

Workers at an oil well site in Orange Country struck the natural gas pocket Wednesday morning.

The gas eruption launched sand and water from the well.

It hasn’t been reported which company owns the site.

Orange County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said Thursday that water is being sprayed on the site to ensure a spark won’t cause the gas to ignite.

Orange is about 15 miles east of Beaumont.

He said it isn’t yet known when the leak will be plugged or when residents of more than 15 homes in the area will be allowed to return.

Residents could be kept away for several days, Hodgkinson said.

No injuries have been reported.


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