Gas Blast Forces Evac; 3 Hurt

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 05:09 PM gHale


Three subcontractors suffered injuries Wednesday night after an explosion occurred when a construction crew hit a gas line in Prospect, KY.

There was no fire associated with the blast and North Oldham Fire Protection district spokesman Rick Albers called it a pressure explosion and said flying shrapnel caused the injuries to the Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) subcontractors.

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After workers capped the leak, thousands of residents were able to return home after they evacuated, officials said.

Albers said emergency personnel rushed the injured workers to hospitals. One of the subcontractors appeared to have serious injuries, but none of their injuries appeared to be life threatening, officials said.

As a result of the blast, 2,400 LG&E customers will be without gas service for up to three days, said Chris Whalen, a company spokeswoman.

Whalen warned those customers not to re-light their own pilot lights and instead allow LG&E crews to go door-to-door in the coming days. Company officials were still concerned about lingering gas in the air, she said.



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