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Hazmat Crews Move in on Gas Line Rupture

Posted November 13, 2013

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a rupture in a natural gas line has brought traffic to a halt while crews work to quickly address the problem. They're on scene with full Hazmat gear and fire department backup in case something goes wrong so they can identify and repair the source of the leak before opening up traffic again. Like other emergency crews, they're working against the clock both to ensure minimal disruption for residents and to prevent a serious incident.

Charlotte plumbers will be replacing the broken segment of pipe and performing routine checkups to make sure the repairs are complete. For citizens, it's important to know that natural gas pipeline ruptures can be more common in the winter, when freeze/thaw cycles create shifting soil and pressure on underground pipes. If you notice a strong odor or problems with the gas supply in your home, get outside and call the fire department and a plumber immediately.

And if you're doing any kind of work in the yard, always call 811 before you dig to get information about underground utilities.

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