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Natural Gas Leak Causes Downtown SLO Evacuations

By C.J. Ward, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor, cj.ward@keyt.com
Published On: Oct 12 2013 12:45:17 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 12 2013 01:27:03 AM CDT

It happened at 1:11 p.m. Friday afternoon on the 600 block of Marsh Street. The first arriving SLO City fire crews determined the high pressure gas line had significant damage. A private contractor was using a backhoe at the intersection of Marsh and Nipomo Streets when they hit the gas line.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

Construction workers accidentally hit a two-inch natural gas line in downtown San Luis Obispo, prompting evacuations.

The line break occurred at 1:11 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of Marsh Street. The first arriving SLO City fire crews determined the high pressure gas line had significant damage. A private contractor was using a backhoe at the intersection of Marsh and Nipomo Streets when they hit the gas line.

Fire officials evacuated everybody in a one block radius and setup hose lines to protect businesses.

The gas company brought in a crew to make repairs and they were able to stop the leak at 4:02 p.m. 

No injuries were reported and the evacuations were lifted a short time later.

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