Last month an unannounced pipeline blowdown rocked the town of Richmond, MA. The Berkshire Eagle reported that residents heard a noise that "sounded like a thousand jets flying overhead". The smell of gas permeated throughout the area and was described as "overwhelming." Residents were terrified and had no idea what was going on. Many called the police and the company that runs the Kinder Morgan pipeline. After 40 minutes, the blowdown ended. No one was injuried, but many were left feeling scared. You can read the full story here.
Blowdowns are incredibly loud and they release fracked-gas into the air. Listen for yourself: