This story originally aired on September 30, 2017.
On June 10, 1999, Bellingham residents began reporting the strong smell of gasoline. Then, within minutes, 911 operators were flooded with reports of a massive explosion. A fuel pipeline had burst, dumping nearly 300,000 gallons of gasoline into nearby creeks.
And then it ignited.
Black smoke rose 30,000 feet in the air and flames shot out for over a mile. It’s considered a miracle there were only three deaths.