Royse City emergency personnel were surprised Sunday when they discovered workers were bleeding gas off a pipeline, sending a plume at least 75 feet into the air.

Royse City Fire Chief Richard Bell said officials of Kinder Morgan told him they contacted Collin County and Hunt County authorities. They apparently did not contact Royse City or Rockwall County officials.

The workers were at a pipeline site on Collin County Road 636 off FM 1777. The site was just outside the city limits of Royse City.

Bell said a Hidden Creek Estates homeowner made a 911 call to the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Sunday morning to report a possible gas leak in Hidden Creek.

A Royse City Police Department officer responded to the subdivision, but discovered there was a problem elsewhere, not in Hidden Creek.

Police and fire personnel responded to the plume site and found the pipeline workers. Bell said the plume was about 75 feet tall, but some have said it was higher than that.

Bell said Kinder Morgan workers had shut down a gas pipeline that stretches from Paris, Texas, to Forney. Bleeding off gas lines is considered to be a routine procedure, according to Bell. The plume also sparked the interest of many area residents.

“There was lots of traffic,” Bell said. “People wanted to see what it was.”

Kinder Morgan is considered to be the largest independent transporter of refined petroleum products in North America.

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