Natural gas leak prompts evacuations in Fort Lauderdale
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About 50 Fort Lauderdale residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday after construction crews punctured a gas line with a backhoe, a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman said.
A hazardous materials team worked to clamp the 1-inch gas line at Northeast 17th Way and Northeast Ninth Street as foul-smelling natural gas escaped into the air, spokesman Capt. Greg May said.
Because natural gas is highly combustible, Northeast 17th Way and Northeast 17th Terrace were closed to the public, and residences in the area were evacuated.
It took crews about an hour to cap the line, which began leaking at 2:50 p.m.
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