Dozens return home after propane leak

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | 11:53 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON — About 70 families evacuated after a propane leak in eastern Missouri can return home.

Highway 100 between Pacific and Washington reopened Wednesday morning after it was shut down Tuesday because of the gas leak.

A bulldozer being used in a highway widening project ruptured the ConocoPhillips pipeline Tuesday afternoon. Oil company repair crews and emergency responders had to wait for the line to flush itself out. Air was monitored to watch for potentially explosive levels of propane.

Company spokeswoman Melissa Erker said the leak was contained to a five-mile stretch of the line, which did not provide fuel to area homes.


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