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July 20th, 2009:

Gas Line Struck; 100 Evacuated

American Energy Coalition - July 20th, 2009

More than 100 people, including many children, evacuated homes and businesses in Adamstown, Md., because of a gas leak, according to an account in the Frederick News-Post. The pressurized gas leaking from the 12-inch underground pipe sounded like a small jet, said Steve Shook, deputy chief of Carroll Manor Fire Co. "I knew a major gas line was struck." The gas pipe was on county-owned land along Adamstown Road, about 100 yards from Carroll Manor Elementary School, said Steve Leatherman, bureau chief of support services for the county's Division of Fire and Rescue Services. A contractor, drilling a hole for a utility pole, struck the pipe, causing the natural gas leak.

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