New Mexico

BREAKING: Pipeline explosion forces resident evacuations in Southern New Mexico

Shelters have been put up for residents in Southern New Mexico after a pipeline exploded early Wednesday morning, according to ABC affiliate KOAT

U.S. 285 and State Road 31 are closed as first responders work on the damaged pipeline. That's south of Carlsbad and north of Loving, NM. Residents living within a two-mile radius had to evacuate to a shelter in place.

KOAT reports the Eddy County Office of Emergency Management was called around 1:30 A.M. Wednesday about a pipeline explosion off State Road 31. Several pipeline companies are on scene but right now it is unclear whose line exploded.

There were still high flames as of 5 A.M. and the pipeline has not been shut off, according to KOAT.

Several first responders including Eddy County Fire, Eddy County Office of Emergency Management, New Mexico State Police, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, are on scene helping people in the area.