Gas leak in downtown Raleigh

Firefighters work a gas leak in downtown Raleigh Thursday.

September 13, 2012 9:25:15 AM PDT
Police and firefighters reported a gas leak in downtown Raleigh Thursday.

They were called after a contractor hit a gas pipe in front of a parking deck at 331 S Wilmington St. near Davie Street.

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Contractors who had been working on that area of Wilmington Street since earlier this week, hit a 1 inch gas line around 11 a.m. Witnesses reported hearing a hissing sound of gas leaving the pipes.

The odor of gas prompted evacuations of some nearby buildings. A PSNC spokesperson said the gas line was quickly capped before further evacuations were issued.

The street was blocked off to traffic as crews worked to repair the damage.

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