Gas Leak Forces Overnight Evacuation

Just after 2am Thursday morning, residents between Halfway and Halifax were awakened by what sounded like a jet engine overhead. What is was was a gas pipeline leak.

State police ordered evacautions in and around the Allen County communities following the rupture of a natural gas pipeline. The break was sealed and the leak contained, but it is not known how soon the evacuation order will be lifted.

Gary Rogers of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management says about 75 people were in shelters Thursday morning.

The site of the break in the Tennessee Gas pipeline is six miles north of Scottsville on US 231, but Scottsville was not evacuated. The line is reported some 32 inches in diameter and when it broke, the noise was like a jet aircraft.

The cause of the break has not been determined. Gary Petty, Emergency Management Director for Allen County says they are meeting with officials from Tennessee Gas to find the cause of the break and what additional measures need to be taken.

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