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Gas leak reported in Holly Springs

Posted March 26, 2014

— A gas leak was reported at the intersection of Main Street and Holly Springs Road Wednesday afternoon.

A construction crew installing underground fiber optic cables struck what was believed to be an underground gas tank at around 2:20 p.m., resulting in gas being released, authorities said.

Two nearby businesses - a gas station and a Walgreens - were evacuated. Authorities believe the tank belongs to the gas station, where a leak alarm went off.

An underground tank should not have been where crews were digging, officials said.

Gas was not in the roadway but its odor was present throughout the area, authorities said.

“We have checked all the storm drains, the water pipes and the septic and sewer that is in the area and we have no readings where it went,” said Chief LeRoy Smith with Holly Springs Fire & Rescue. “So we are not sure if it is leaking, where it went.”

Readings at the gas station show it could have lost thousands of gallons of fuel, officials said.


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  • Rebelyell55 Mar 27, 2014

    That's a lot of fuel not to know where it went. Straight down?

  • wanderingvisionary Mar 26, 2014

    It was way worse than this story lets on.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 26, 2014

    Not good because it's on a bit of a rise, and liquid runs downhill.
    Prayers for everyone there, especially for those working to contain this.
    And hey - has anyone ever noticed the massive electrical station next to the hotel that is across from a gas station there? Should one of the three become comprised, all of it might go up.
    Who approved that fiasco being built together there?

  • HoneyBooBoo Mar 26, 2014

    You hit the nail on the head! After you widen the road and use up all of your "right of way" eventually up end up on private property! Contractors these days assume that they always have a right of way /or easement. That's not always the case. Expensive clean up is coming for this company directional drilling for fiber installation.

  • areadriver Mar 26, 2014

    The gas station would be off the screen to the right. And, no, the tanks are not under the road. BUT, when they widened Holly Springs Rd a few years back, they took a good portion of the gas station parking lot. Now, the tanks are literally right behind the curb. I hope the boring company has some great insurance, because that's not going to be an easy cleanup. There's at least 3 tanks at that gas station. Hopefully they just poked a hole in one of them and not all of them. Somebody should have checked things out before they started drilling towards a gas station. I mean, really, where do you think they keep the gas?

  • mailofferz Mar 26, 2014

    This isn't the first time something has been hit while drilling for the town's fiber optic cable and it likely won' be the last time either.

  • PurplePeopleEater Mar 26, 2014

    Yes. They were doing directional boring under the road and must have hit the tank or piping for the gas station.

  • honey Mar 26, 2014

    There is a gas station on that corner, it just doesn't show up in the picture.

  • Tracy Watson Mar 26, 2014
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    That is on the Walgreens side of the street looks like...not sure what would be over there

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 26, 2014
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    They're probably talking about the storage tank for the gas station on that corner.