Gas leak temporarily closes block of Tenth Street

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 9:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — Despite calling ahead to check for utility lines before it began work, a construction crew installing a downtown sidewalk hit an unmarked gas line.

The crew struck a gas line that was shallow in the ground, Columbia Fire Department Captain Eric Hartman said.

A block of Tenth Street was closed after the Columbia Fire Department received a call reporting the leak at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday between Cherry and Locust streets.

It took AmerenUE an hour to control the leak. .

AmerenUE employees don't know why the hit line did not show up in the utility check, Hartman said.

No injuries were reported.

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