Natural Gas Leak Capped in NC

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 01:06 PM gHale

A piece of malfunctioning equipment caused a natural gas leak shut down U.S. Business Highway 70 for part of Monday evening near the Wake-Johnston County line in Garner, NC, officials said.

It happened near Guy Road around 7:30 p.m. Monday at a regulation station for PSNC Energy. Company officials said a piece of malfunctioning equipment caused a release valve to give away, which is what some living in the neighborhood heard as an explosion.

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Workers capped the gas leak by 8:50 p.m.

Some homes within one mile of the regulation station evacuated as a precaution. Officials advised others living nearby to stay indoors until the air cleared.

“The biggest challenge was the evacuation — notifying everybody,” said Garner Deputy Fire Chief Tim Herman. “We’ve got a major highway here: Highway 70. Shutting this highway down, shutting Guy Road down, and notifying everybody. We did have to perform one rescue. We had an elderly resident in house real close by that couldn’t get out on her own.”

U.S. Business Highway 70 reopened around 9 p.m. There were no injuries and gas service continued throughout the incident.

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