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Gas leak temporarily closes Hillsborough Street

Posted May 27, 2010

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— Raleigh police temporarily closed part of Hillsborough Street near North Carolina State University and evacuated several buildings in the area following a natural gas leak on Thursday morning.

Angie Townsend, a spokeswoman for PSNC Energy, said a contractor working in the 2500 block, near Pogue Street, hit a three-quarter-inch service line. The leak has since been capped, and repairs were under way, she said.

Police closed part of the road for a little more than an hour and detoured traffic until repairs were complete.

Several businesses and buildings, including some on the N.C. State campus, were evacuated as a precaution.

At least 10 restaurant owners said they were preparing for the lunch rush when they had to leave.

"Police immediately showed up, very responsive, and had us evacuate until at least noon," business owner Alan Lovette said.

Police allowed employees back inside but businesses did not reopen immediately, until air levels could be checked.

Thursday's leak comes just a week after an underground gas leak in downtown Raleigh forced more than 160 people from nearby buildings for several hours.

In that case, a contractor drilling a cable line ruptured a 4-inch gas line beneath Wilmington Street.

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  • golowral May 28, 2010

    "Leak of the Week". Sounds like a song.

  • drjones74 May 27, 2010

    arfamr1006
    you silly "moonbat". Gas utilities are owned by the gas company, not the City. Rabble rabble new city building rabble gas rabble failing rabble rabble...
    You should be the one moderated off this post ...

  • arfamr1006 May 27, 2010

    People were forced to evacuate the area? More of our rights being taken by the socialistic Obama administration. An outrage! Tea partiers put out your marijuana pipes and march on the area to protest!!!
    Mr. Middle of the Road

    how did this trash even make the message board? oh thats right, all the moderators are left wing moonbats.

  • arfamr1006 May 27, 2010

    good thing raleigh is spending $200 million on a stupid new building....meanwhile they have weekly gas leaks from a rotting infrastructure

  • monkeyboy May 27, 2010

    how would you know if hillsborough street was closed? would they send all the construction workers home?

  • obs May 27, 2010

    Seems like two things mayberry can't handle are gas and snow.

    Just this year:
    Feb 15: gas leak shuts down blount street
    April 17: gas leak causes evacuation of Bledsoe Ave.
    May 19: Gas leak evacuates shaw univ.
    May 23: Gas leak shuts down raleigh shopping center.
    May 27: Gas leak prompts evacuation of Hillsboro ave.

  • fatchanceimwrong May 27, 2010

    "Tea partiers put out your marijuana pipes and march on the area to protest!!!"

    Hey, not all Tea Partiers smoke maijuana...some smoke the stuff you can get right there on Hillsborough St at Buddah's Belly and Kitsch.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 27, 2010

    People were forced to evacuate the area? More of our rights being taken by the socialistic Obama administration. An outrage! Tea partiers put out your marijuana pipes and march on the area to protest!!!

  • Justin T. May 27, 2010

    "Gas kills people. Outlaw gas." I totally agree and further want the mayor, city planners, governor, and agricultural commissioner voted out of office for allowing natural gas to begin with. The world should be 100% safe at all times. I demand justice! This is an outrage. In the future, the law will require everyone to be bubble wrapped, securely seated in an ergonomic chair in front of their computer posting on GOLO, with a full-time babysitter supervising them at all times.

  • Shadow213 May 27, 2010

    good grief! another one? why so many?

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