A large gas explosion has occurred near Helena, Alabama and seven people have reportedly been injured.

Fire departments around the Birmingham area are responding to the explosion, which has a plume of smoke to be seen for miles.

People across social media began sharing pictures of the fire and smoke on social media Monday afternoon.

AL.com is also reporting that the explosion took place about five miles from the recent pipeline leak that took place in September. There is no word on whether the two incidents are related.

We'll update this story when more details are released.