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Gas leak in downtown Lincoln buildings

Gas leak in downtown Lincoln buildings

Posted By: Jason Taylor

jtaylor@klkntv.com

LINCOLN, Neb. Several office workers in downtown Lincoln had a surprise evacuation today. Construction crews were working on a project and accidentally struck a gas line.

To be safe, people had to leave the area.

"Everyone just kind of got their important stuff. We got our servers from the office, laptops, and personal belongings and just calmly left the building." Said Tony Bertino,  Office Worker

Around 12:10 P.M. the gas line was hit. L.F.R. quickly responded to the scene to secure the area. All the employees in the two buildings on the east side of 12th street from N to O street had to evacuate. Black Hills Energy came to secure the gas leak. However, the leak was also affecting a live electrical junction. So LES had to secure the electricity.

"They knew it right away. It's actually in their defense; it's very shallow where that gas line comes in. It's probably an older service so it's not as deep as we typically see." Said Chief Michael, Lincoln Fire and Rescue

"The guy I work with and I went out with him and ask him what his plan was and he said he was just going office to office and telling people to leave. And so he thought that wasn't probably the best so he pulled the fire alarm actually." Bertino Said

It took until about 2:30 P.M. this afternoon until everything was secured and gas levels were down. People then came back in. To be safe, some streets had to be shut down for a while as well. Fortunately nobody needed medical attention.

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