Lightning strikes gas line, shutting down east Bexar County highway

Explosion reported in east Bexar County

Lightning struck a gas line Thursday night, causing an explosion in east Bexar County.

Deputies shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 87 near Loop 1604 due to the explosion, which was reported around 6:30 p.m. The lanes were reopened after 10 p.m.

About 100 residents who live in homes within two miles of the explosion were evacuated until authorities took care of the explosion. No injuries or fatalities have been reported in connection with the explosion.

The gas company was called out to shut down the lines and make repairs, Bexar County public information officer Monica Ramos said.

All incoming westbound traffic from Wilson County is being diverted away, and drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route while deputies assess the situation.

The Bexar County Fire Marshals Office will continue investigating the explosion.

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