Natural gas blast reported in Livingston Co.; residents no longer told to stay inside

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

All lanes of U.S.-23 in Livingston County have reopened after a gas explosion forced their closure Wednesday, Michigan State Police said.

The explosion happened just north of Center Road in northern Tyrone Township, about 20 miles south of Flint. U.S.-23 reopened by 1:30 p.m., state police reported on Twitter.

Old U.S.-23 could remain closed for several more hours as authorities complete their investigation, but residents are no longer asked to shelter in place, Livingston County's Emergency Management said.

The department referred questions to Consumers Energy. 

"We are working with local public safety officials to continue ensuring the safety of the situation and shut off the flow of natural gas," the energy company said. "There have been no injuries, and service has not been affected thus far to any of our customers. We appreciate the patience of neighbors and drivers as we continue to investigate the incident’s cause."

A natural gas explosion has closed U.S.-23 and Old U.S.-23 in Livingston County, Michigan State Police said.

Officials said the explosion scattered debris in the area.

No injuries have been reported, state police said. First responders and crews from Consumers Energy were at the scene.

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