Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Natural gas leak causes evacuation of buildings near 11th and New Hampshire streets

February 15, 2012, 10:15 a.m. Updated February 15, 2012, 12:13 p.m.

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Emergency crews responding to a natural gas leak are clearing buildings on Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets between 10th and 11th streets.

Emergency crews responding to a natural gas leak are clearing buildings on Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets between 10th and 11th streets.

Downtown gas leak causes evacuations

Reporter Shaun Hittle describes the scene at 11th and New Hampshire streets, after a natural gas leak forced emergency crews to evacuate area buildings. Enlarge video

Two city streets were blocked off and about a dozen businesses were evacuated after a delivery truck hit a natural gas meter in the alley between the 1000 blocks of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets Wednesday morning, according to Black Hills Energy spokesman Curt Floerchinger.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m., and crews worked for about an hour replacing a broken valve on the meter. Floerchinger said crews shut off gas to the block quickly, but businesses on both the 1000 blocks of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets were evacuated as a precaution. By 11:30, streets and businesses had reopened.

No injuries or major damage was reported.

Comments

Eugehne Normandin 3 years, 4 months ago

The driver should have hit the brake not the gas

jjt 3 years, 4 months ago

For a little while there I was concerned that I would not get my fish and chips. Needless to say our local chippy kept calm and carried on. F n C delivered to normal high standard. Takes a direct hit to shut down the local chippy and then only while a new pot of tea is being brewed.

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