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Gas Line Break Forces Downtown Raleigh Evacuations

Posted October 23, 2007 12:26 p.m. EDT

— A 2-inch gas line in downtown Raleigh was hit by a construction crew Tuesday morning, forcing the evacuation of several nearby businesses, authorities said.

A backhoe hit the plastic gas line at 109 Seawell Ave. at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, said Angie Townsend, spokeswoman for PSNC Energy. The line was capped about 20 minutes later, she said.

Businesses in a three-block radius of the break, including the area of East Edenton and West Jones streets, were asked to evacuate as a precaution, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

Raleigh Fire Department crews were taking readings of the amount of gas in the air in several downtown areas after the line was capped.