Gas Pipe Issue Leads to Evac

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 @ 12:07 PM gHale

An issue with a leak in customer-owned gas pipes inside a house led to an evacuation of part of a neighborhood in east Emporia, Kansas.

A technician had reported to 415 East after an odor call June 23, said Kansas Gas Communications Manager Dawn Tripp. Readings were high enough to investigate further. Specific readings have not been released, but early indications are a “significant” amount of natural gas was in the air at the address.

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Tripp said there was an issue with the customer-owned gas pipes inside the house before the call to authorities was made shortly after 6 pm. Further details have not been released.

Emporia Fire worked to evacuate all homes in the 400 block of East and the east side of the 400 block of Sylvan, allowing those residents back inside their homes roughly two hours after the initial call. Traffic on East was blocked at Second, or south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. Several trains passed by the area during the investigation without incident.

Bunge North America’s soybean crushing facility is across the street from the house in question. Saturday’s operations were not affected in any way by the gas leak.

No injuries were reported. Kansas Gas is investigating the cause of Saturday’s incident.



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