Temple residents can expect to see a large, controlled flame and moderate noise on August 1, beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Atmos Energy will be performing a "natural gas flaring" for approximately three to four hours at 11601 Little River Rd (Old Highway 95), near the intersection of East Blackland Road.

According to a press release from Atmos Energy, “flaring” is a standard industry practice to safely burn natural gas that must be removed from a specific section of pipeline so that employees can work on the pipe.

The Temple Fire Department, police department, city officials and 911 operators have been advised of the flaring.

For an informational video explaining why Atmos Energy performs flaring operations visit here.