A construction crew broke a gas pipe in downtown Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon, forcing some evacuations and traffic disruption.
The crew broke the pipe about 12:23 p.m. while digging at 160 E. 300 South, according to Salt Lake City Fire spokesman Jasen Asay. Questar Gas spokesman Darren Shepherd added that the pipe ran to the Heber Wells Building, which houses a variety of government agencies.
Firefighters and hazmat crews evacuated some nearby buildings and diverted traffic on 300 South. Asay said some nearby residents were asked to "shelter in place," or not leave their homes, while the leak remained active.
A Questar Gas shut off the gas by 12:50 p.m. All evacuations and traffic closures ended by 1:06 p.m., when fire crews left the scene. At 3 p.m., Questar crews were still working to repair the broken pipe.
Asay did not immediately know how many people were affected by the incident.
The leak had not caused any injuries or fire early Tuesday afternoon. Shepherd said the gas that escaped the broken pipe dispersed into the air without incident.
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