Gas leak forces evacuation in Basalt |

Gas leak forces evacuation in Basalt

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Between 20 and 50 people were evacuated Wednesday morning from a neighborhood in the Basalt area after a “mislocated” natural gas line was punctured during construction activity, authorities said.

The line was hit at the Willits Bend construction site off the east end of Willits Lane. Workers at the site were evacuated along with employees at neighboring business and some residences of trailers at the Aspen-Basalt Campground, according to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda. There were no injuries.

The incident occurred in unincorporated Eagle County. Basalt police assisted Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies with the evacuations and road closure. The Basalt fire department also responded to the site.

The east end of Willits Lane was closed shortly after the gas line was pierced at about 10:15 a.m. The road was reopened, and workers and residences were able to return by 11:15 a.m.

Source Gas responded to the scene, clamped the line and started repairs.

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