Gas line explosion kills one in Central California

Source: Kern County Fire Department Facebook Page

One person was killed and at least three others were injured when a natural gas line exploded near Bakersfield Friday. 

The flames from the ruptured line could be seen from miles away.

According to the Kern County Fire Department, a resident was using heavy equipment for a digging operation and accidentally ruptured a 36 inch natural gas line. The gas leak ignited, creating a 200 foot tall fireball.

The operator of the heavy equipment was killed, and three people in a nearby home were injured. 

Investigators from the California Public Utilities Commission have been sent to investigate the accident. The CPUC regulates gas lines in the state of California. PG&E is also investigating.