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July 24th, 2009:

Gas Line Rupture Forces Evacuation

American Energy Coalition - July 24th, 2009

A high-pressure natural gas line ruptured in Sacramento, Calif., forcing several dozen people from their homes, according to an account on KCRA TV. Florez Paving, which was doing work for the city, clipped the line on the 2700 block of 29th Avenue, officials at the scene said. The Sacramento Fire Department cleared about a four-square-block area and set up an evacuation center at Signal Heights Baptist Church. "Right now, I think we're going to be OK. But we're doing all this just to be safe," fire Capt. Jim Doucette said. "Gas is very flammable, obviously, so we're just trying to make sure that everybody's all right." "Once we complete repairs around 7:30 tonight, we'll send gas service representatives door-to-door to each home to restore gas service to those customers," said Brian Swanson, with Pacific Gas and Electric. Florez Paving could be billed for the gas line repairs, PG&E said.

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