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Gas Leak Forces Evacuations Thursday Morning in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON – The Hutchinson Fire Department (HFD) responded Thursday morning to a reported gas leak at 9th and Main. Upon arrival, units found underground boring equipment had struck a 4-inch line underground and was leaking gas.

An evacuation was conducted between Main and Poplar Streets from 8th to 10th Avenues. In all, 110 people were evacuated.

Kansas Gas crews were able to shut off the gas around 12:10 p.m. with final checks conducted by 12:25 p.m. Evacuees were then allowed to return.

HFD reports that 9th Ave. will remain closed between Main and Walnut Streets as well as the north alley off 9th Ave. until Kansas Gas completes repairs.