Downtown KC high-rise residents warned of small gas leak - KCTV5

Workers need 24 hours to cap gas leak in downtown Kansas City

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Missouri Gas Energy crews needed 24 hours to fix a gas leak in downtown Kansas City Sunday.

Residents of the 909 Walnut condominiums were given a letter Sunday night alerting them that there might be elevated gas levels in their building. But they were told they aren't in any danger.

MGE said they closely monitored the gas levels in the building's basement and first floor.

Utility crews assured the property mangers that everything was completely safe, but they wanted to keep everyone out of the basement until they resolved the issue.

The smell of gas worried downtown residents and workers. The leak was near Ninth Street and Walnut Avenue. A 24-inch line was spewing the gas.

Miller Pipeline Corp. had workers assisting MGE. Several people, including utility workers, could be seen smoking near the leak.

While the building was not evacuated, residents were urged to take precautions to avoid an explosion like the one that ripped through the JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza on Feb. 19.

"It makes me nervous to know I am right across the street," Emilie Hubbard said. "It could go up in flames like the restaurant not too long ago."

Brett Kuempel said he was advised not to use the elevators in case a spark ignited the natural gas. He was concerned about how long it took to fix the leak.

"It seems like it is a little bigger than they say it is," Kuempel said. "It seems like it would be easy to turn it off or stop it. It should not take a day and a half."

Residents were told the situation was over at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the leak is unknown. MGE will work with the city to repair the street where it was dug up to fix the leak.

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