UPDATE: Clark County EMA Director Roy Waite says the odor and irritants which drifted into the area following the explosion of a Mississippi gas well have dissipated. There are zero levels of gas in the air, according to Waite. He says Clark Mobile Gas will be monitoring air quality levels throughout the day.
(CLARA, Miss.) - A gas well exploded in the Clara, Mississippi in Wayne County around 8 p.m. Thursday night, according to Clarke County EMA Director Roy Waite.
He says the gas well was leaking hydrogen sulfide, a colorless, flammable, irritant with a rotten egg smell.
The area around the site was evacuated.
Waite says odor began reaching northern Washington and Southern Choctaw Counties around 10 p.m. and there were multiple reports of an H2S odor in the northern half of Clarke County beginning at 3am Friday morning.
Clarke Mobile Gas is currently assisting Clarke County EMA in monitoring the levels in Clarke County.