Residents near Oak Grove evacuated after natural gas leak

Utility crews struck a two-inch natural gas main line near the Oak Grove area this morning. Nearby residents were evacuated.

According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, workers were boring under the sidewalk about 9:11 a.m. June 19 at 55th and Locust when the gas leak occurred.

About 37 residents were evacuated within a 150 feet of the leak according to the spokesman.

Kansas Gas Service employees worked to expose the punctured line while fire crews continued air monitoring in the area. Gas Service capped off the leak to make repairs.

Residents then were then told they could return to their homes. In all, they were out of their homes about three hours. There were no injuries, the spokesman said.

The estimated dollar loss was $2,000 for sidewalk repair, according to the Fire Department.

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