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Why you might see a tall flame shooting into the sky near Ballantyne

A flare stack – large vertical pipe – will be used for any flaring operations during Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline testing near Ballantyne in south Charlotte. The operations could produce a loud noise and result in a tall flame being visible to nearby neighborhoods and businesses.
A flare stack – large vertical pipe – will be used for any flaring operations during Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline testing near Ballantyne in south Charlotte. The operations could produce a loud noise and result in a tall flame being visible to nearby neighborhoods and businesses. Piedmont Natural Gas

If you hear a loud noise and see a tall flame shooting into the sky near Ballantyne in south Charlotte, no need to panic or call 911.

As part of routine natural gas pipeline testing, Piedmont Natural Gas might have to “flare,” or burn off excess natural gas used during the inspection.

Testing is scheduled for Saturday through June 27 near the 13900 block of Dove Hunt Place, northwest of Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

A flare stack – large vertical pipe – will be used for any flaring operations, which could produce a loud noise and result in a tall flame being visible to nearby neighborhoods and businesses. Residents also might notice a whistling sound or the smell of natural gas, the company said Thursday.

U.S. Department of Transportation regulations require such regular pipeline inspection, the company said in a statement.

Piedmont Natural Gas workers and local firefighters will monitor the controlled flare stack operation.

“Piedmont’s No. 1 priority is safety – for its customers, its employees and the communities it serves,” the company said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-3670, @jmarusak

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