The Chester County Department of Emergency Services released the following statement:
Beginning at 8:01 p.m. on August 5th, the county received four 911 calls for reports of an explosion and immediately dispatched West Goshen police to the area of the reports. Police investigated and within minutes reported back that there was no threat to public safety. Following the police investigation report, a representative from Energy Transfer contacted the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and provided an overview of the incident. Energy Transfer confirmed that there was an incident at the Boot Road Pump Station that created a loud noise and that there was no release of gas or emergency.
Chester County Department of Emergency Services ensured that Energy Transfer was issuing a public statement noting the event, and worked with the company to share the message. Our emergency management practices always include reviews of potential or real emergency incidents to build upon and refine emergency response procedures. We have sent a list of questions to Energy Transfer asking for immediate answers on exactly what and why last night’s incident happened, how often it could happen and how we can expedite the emergency communication process.
Post from 8/6/19
A loud boom originated from the Sunoco Boot Road Station (by the water tank near Route 202) on Monday evening, 8/5/19. Energy Transfer has issued the following statement:
“During routine maintenance this evening at our Boot Station in West Goshen Township, there was a backfire on a flare at approximately 8:20 p.m. ET as the station was brought back online, This resulted in a loud noise, similar to a car backfiring. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our neighbors.”
The Public Utility Commission has been advised of the incident.