Gas leak prompts evacuation of shopping center

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM.

10:50 a.m. update

Authorities are reporting that the gas leak in front of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes in Havelock has been stopped. The leak was reported about 10:15 a.m. at the same location where a car crash resulted in a busted main distribution line last week, prompting the closure of U.S. 70. The highway was not closed for this latest leak.

Today's leak was from a relief valve, and a crew from Piedmont Gas need about 30 minutes to correct the problem. The Sound of Freedom Shoppes was evacuated, but workers are returning. The service road in front of the shopping center is back open.

10:30 a.m. update

The gas leak is not believed to be as serious as the situation last week that prompted U.S. 70 to close. There is no evacuation planned for Gurganus Elementary School, and classes continue as normal at the school. The service road in front of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes remains closed, and the center has been evacuated. Authorities report no major issues with the evacuation. The National Weather Service reports winds up to 10 mph, which is helping disperse the gas.

10:25 a.m. update

Piedmont Gas worker at the scene of the gas leak at Sound of Freedom Shoppes reports that the leak is from a relief valve. Additional workers are set to arrive. The service road in front of the shopping center remains closed, and the center has been evacuated. U.S. 70 remains open.



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