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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation in Sanford

Posted April 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A natural gas line rupture Friday morning prompted authorities to evacuate a six-block area in the heart of this Lee County town.

The line was ruptured about 10 a.m. by utility crews. Homes and businesses in the area were evacuated as a precaution until the fumes dissipated, lessening the threat of explosion or fire.

Authorities told WRAL'sBrian Bowmanthat residents and business owners would be allowed to return about 1 p.m.