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2 Downtown Austin Buildings Evacuated After Gas Leak

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014, 05:58 PM CDT

Two buildings in the 700 block of Colorado Street in Downtown Austin were evacuated Wednesday morning after construction crews hit a gas two-inch gas line.

Will Bridges lives inside the Brown Building, one of the buildings that was evacuated.

"You could hear the gas hissing really loudly and you could see it kind of shooting up. It looked like a little mini geyser," Bridges said. 

The alarm sounded, forcing more than 100 people from the two buildings on Colorado Street.

Bridges had to walk down nine flights of stairs.

"We had to take the stairs down and we figured better be safe than sorry so we got out of there as quick as we could," Bridges said. 

Fire officials say a construction crew was working in a nearby alley when they hit the gas line.

The reason it took so long to shut off the gas is because there's no nearby valve.

Texas Gas Service employees had to break open the street to shut off the gas line. 

"The Texas gas crews are actually digging into the street so they can squeeze the gas line off to stop the flow of gas," Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Buck Palmer said. 

People were allowed back into their apartments after about two hours of ventilating the buildings.

The road was patched up and reopened by Wednesday afternoon.

By Rachel Kent

2 Downtown Austin Buildings Evacuated After Gas Leak


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