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Punctured gas line evacuates homes, businesses in Sandy

Published: Friday, May 9 2014 9:15 a.m. MDT

A punctured gas line at 9000 South and State Street caused road closures and evacuated nearby homes and businesses early Friday.

Matt Powers, KSL

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SANDY — A broken gas line prompted local officials to evacuate homes and businesses and closed a major intersection early Friday.

Utility crews punctured a 2-inch gas line as they worked at 9000 South and State Street about 3 a.m., sending gas into a nearby storm drain, the Sandy Fire Department reported.

The leak prompted evacuations of 11 business and four homes, which remained in effect until about 10 a.m.

Questar Gas workers shut off the leak about 7:45 a.m. and a vacuum truck was helping to clear remaining gas that was trapped underground, spokesman Darren Shepherd said.

The leak closed 9000 South between 700 East and Monroe Street and on State Street between 8800 South and 9400 South. Traffic through the intersection reopened about 8 a.m., though westbound traffic remained reduced to one lane.

Crews were expected to be on scene most of the day Friday to repair the broken line.

— McKenzie Romero

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