Demolition of Broad Street Parkade Briefly Halted Due to Gas Leak

Work was stopped for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.

A demolition crew working to ruptured a gas line Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the evacuation of a nearby car wash and a short delay to the demolition project itself. 

David Billings, assistant chief of the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Department, said the initial call for the leak came in at approximately 2:36 p.m. when an excavator struck an unmarked gas line. 

"Right away there was a significant leak," said Billings, who noted that the gas quickly dissipated in the air because of the temperature and open surroundings. 

Billings said there was no significant danger due to the leak, but the department made the decision to briefly evacuate the neighboring car wash. 

"They came in the back door and told us to get out," said a female employee of the car wash who declined to give her name. 

Billings said the leak was contained in about an hour and Connecticut Natural Gas personnel would perform a throughout inspection of the site to identify any additional unknown gas lines. 

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Gary Benson May 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Oop's, what happened to "Call Before You Dig"? More importantly, I'm wondering why the gas wasn't cut off. Would have thought that would have been done with all that digging on Broad Street. Furtunately no one was injured.
David Moran May 24, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Gary, I'm thinking that there's just so many businesses and, maybe, even residences around there tied into those lines that it's tough to tell where all of them are going.
Gary Benson May 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Boy David, you're up late. Just seems to me the Gas Complany should have a handle on where their lines are and the crews working there should have all that information. If there was an explosion you can bet there would be someone on the block.
David Moran May 25, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Agreed, Gary, I am up late some nights... ;)


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