Neighborhood block evacuated after possible gas line rupture - KCTV5

Crews replacing sidewalks strike gas line

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A neighborhood block in Kansas City was temporarily evacuated after a natural gas line rupture was reported.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City Fire Department said the neighborhood block at 41st Street and Forest Avenue was evacuated Friday evening. Fire crews and members of Missouri Gas Energy quickly responded to the scene and got readings - they entered homes on the block to get individual readings.

The leak was caused when a contractor for the city was replacing the old sidewalks and struck the underground gas line. Crews said the gas line is about a 1-inch line.

While the home nearest to the gas line had readings of natural gas in it, crews didn't find any signs of gas in other homes.

A short time after crews arrived, they were able to locate the source of the leak and MGE capped it.

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