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August 3rd, 2009:

Gas Leak Forces Evacuation

American Energy Coalition - August 3rd, 2009

Homes on two Oneida, N.Y., streets were evacuated because of a gas leak, according to an account in the Oneida Daily Dispatch. The leak occurred at roughly 8:43 a.m. when Oneida City Water Department workers installing a new water line on Liberty Street clipped a two-inch natural gas line with a backhoe, Oneida City Fire Chief Don Hudson said. The line, which supplies natural gas to homes on Liberty Street for stoves and heating, broke, causing gas to leak out into the area. The sound of the gas coming out of the pipe could be heard from city hall, Hudson said. National Grid Spokesman Patrick Stella said that gas crews arrived on the scene around 10:45 a.m. to fix the leak. At the same time, members of the police and fire departments evacuated and blocked off the immediate area to prevent anything from happening that could ignite the gas, which, Hudson said, is highly flammable.

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