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

July 22, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

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.



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