Gas Leak Forces Evacuations In Downtown Charleston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A natural gas leak forced the evacuation of a city block in downtown Charleston.

A construction crew apparently hit a gas line about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday along Virginia Street.

A construction worker says employees were told to leave the city's old courthouse and a neighboring business as a precaution.

Firefighters and Mountaineer Gas officials were working to stop the leak about an hour later as severe thunderstorms entered the area.

A call to the county commission went unanswered.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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