Mon. 1:37pm: Residents evacuated after Ohio gas line breach

NEW FRANKLIN (AP) – Police say the early morning failure of a high-pressure pipe at a northeast Ohio gas well was mistaken for an explosion and led to the evacuations of hundreds of residents.

Detective Mike Hitchings said the failure of a high-pressure gas line at a Dominion well in New Franklin, south of Akron, caused a loud noise that some residents reported as an explosion. The incident was reported just after 6 a.m. today on the east side of the city and led authorities to evacuate residents.

No injuries were initially reported.