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This image provided by the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012 shows investigators looking over a 20-foot-long section of pipe found more than 40 feet from the rupture site in Sissonville, W.Va. The 20-inch transmission pipe exploded around midday Tuesday, destroying four homes, cooking a section of Interstate 77, a major north-south commuting corridor that passes through the capital city, and creating a crater 17 feet deep. (AP Photo/NTSB)

Gallery: Gas line explosion in Sissonville, W.Va.

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of Interstate 77 in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.