Gas leak reported in Holly Springs
Posted March 26, 2014
Holly Springs, N.C. — 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.