Five persons were injured when a gas pipeline exploded in Appomattox, Va., on Sept. 14, 2008, according to an account in the Lynchburg News & Advance. The newspaper reported that a large crater was left in the ground and two homes were leveled. Siding on homes 400 yards away was blistered, according to the report. The blast occurred near a gas pumping station, where residents said crews had been doing construction in the days before the blast. Appomattox County Deputy John Mattox was patrolling the area when the blast occurred. "It was what can only be described as a massive fireball, a quarter- to a half-mile tall and at least that wide," he said.