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Gas Leak Shuts Down Roads; Kenly Residents Evacuated

Posted January 5, 2008
Updated January 6, 2008

— Authorities closed several roads and asked residents to evacuate their houses in Kenly after a major gasoline leak at Highway 301 and 7th Street Saturday night.

No injuries were reported, but as many as 50 evacuees were sent to North Johnston Middle School in Micro. Other residents were urged to stay in their houses unless asked to leave by authorities.

Hazmat crews and emergency officials from Kenly, Micro, Selma, Johnston, Benson and Wilson's Mills were dispatched after gas leaked at about 9:30 p.m. from a valve at a 4,000 gallon tanker storage building.

The gas spilled into a canal behind Etheridge Oil Company at 502 N. Gardner Ave. Authorities used styrofoam buoys to contain the gas about three quarters of a mile down the canal.

“It is scary because I'm a college student and I'm home on break and you never expect something like this to happen in such a small town,” evacuee Courtney Hamilton said.

“They're very understanding. No one wants to be inconvenienced on a night like tonight,” said Pat Lacarter, Johnston County Emergency Management.

Hamilton said she was allowed back inside her home at 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

Environmental workers continued cleaning up the spill Sunday. It was unknown exactly how much gas leaked out.


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  • areadriver Jan 6, 2008

    Could some one explain to me what a "a 4000 gallon tanker storage building" is? I drove a gas tanker for 6 years. I have never heard of such a thing. Tanker trailers are usually around 9000 gallons. Is is building that had a tanker truck parked in it? Or was is a storage tank, in which case would not be in a building? That's against fire code. Someone needs to get their facts straight.

  • Mad Baumer Jan 6, 2008

    I heard that Keyshawn Johnson was seen in the area of the "gas bag leak"

    Signed, the rest of the good guys on ESPN

  • SailbadTheSinner Jan 6, 2008

    I thought storage facilities had to have provisions for containment: double wall tanks, basins, dikes, etc.

    The idea is that there must be at least two failures before there is a spill.

    Wonder what really happened?


  • rstcort1 Jan 6, 2008

    It was unusable fuel that spilled. No need for gas prices to go up.

  • Hip-Shot Jan 5, 2008

    They're looking for an excuse to raise prices redneckdiva, you hit it on the head...lol.I think they liked the way their pocket felt after Katrina so now they look for anything.

  • redneckdiva Jan 5, 2008

    Gas prices are going up tomorrow, you watch! HeeHee LOL Wouldn't surprise me, would it you?

  • Fuquay Resident Jan 5, 2008

    10,000 gallons of gas at $3.00 per gallon, that's $30,000. I wish they had spilled some of it in my gas tank.