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Propane leak closes U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs

May 13, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Workers from Blue Flame Gas Co. in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., burn off propane from a leaking 1,000-gallon tank Thursday. U.S. 522 was closed in both directions while the controlled burn was in progress.
Photo by Rob Arrington,

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A portion of U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs was closed for more than five hours Thursday because of a leaking propane tank, emergency services officials said.

A 1,000-gallon propane tank in the 400 block of South Washington Street began leaking Thursday morning, bringing traffic on U.S. 522 to a standstill, officials said.

Morgan County Sheriff's Department Secretary Sara Currence said the road in the area of the leak was closed at 10 a.m. It was reopened at about 3:45 p.m., officials said.

The tank, which is owned by DeHaven Seven-Up Corp., was on the property of a house next door at 422 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs Fire Department Chief J.J. Steiner said.

Morgan County Office of Emergency Services Director Dave Michael said Blue Flame, a local propane company, safely removed the propane by burning it off.

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U.S. 522 was closed for safety reasons while the company burned off the propane, Michael said.

Traffic backed up on U.S. 522 for about three miles in both directions. Southbound cars were diverted at the Washington Street and W.Va. 9 intersection toward Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Fire departments from Berkeley Springs and Great Cacapon in West Virginia, as well as from Hancock and Little Orleans in Maryland responded. The Morgan County Sheriff's Department and officers from the Morgan County detachment of the West Virginia State Police also responded, Michael said.


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