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Gas line break causes traffic backup

April 24, 2000

A natural gas line rupture in the 500 block of East Wilson Boulevard Monday morning forced police and firefighters to block traffic in both directions from Oak Street to Kenwood Avenue.

Shortly after 9 a.m., word reached fire officials that the gas line had ruptured and that Columbia Gas Co. officials had been contacted.

The leak was in the vicinity of the grassy median near Kuhn Avenue.

Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Kyd Dieterich said Columbia Gas had crews working in the area when the incident occurred.

"A seam simply let go on an old metal pipe when they uncovered it," Dieterich said.

The line was in the grassy median of the 500 block of East Wilson Boulevard.

Unable to cut off the gas at the ruptured seam, the crews instead dug up the line in both directions and installed valves so the gas could be cut off, Dieterich said.

No evacuations were necessary during the 90-minute operation, Dieterich said.

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