Apparent Gas Pipeline Explosion Closes Michigan Highway

TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A portion of a southeastern Michigan highway has been closed following what authorities believe was a natural gas pipeline explosion.

Consumers Energy crews, police and firefighters were called to the area around US-23 in Tyrone Township Wednesday morning, WWJ-AM reported.

The Jackson-based utility said it may have been a break on a transmission line. State police said the explosion sent “debris everywhere.”

No injuries have been reported.

Golf pro Dennis Hussey was at the Tyrone Hills Golf Club when he heard explosions and the windows started shaking.

“I looked out the window,” he told the radio station. “I thought there was a big semi-truck that blew or something. Then, I looked out the window, the north window, and (saw) just a huge plume of brown smoke just billowing quite a bit.”

Hussey said he later heard a second “boom.”

Tyrone Township is in Livingston County, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.