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Updated: 10:22 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 | Posted: 5:48 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013
By Trish Williford
CORNELIUS, N.C. —
A 4-inch gas main was cut in Cornelius on Monday, according to officials.Chopper 9 Skyzoom captured a cloud of dangerous gas spewing out of the ground near a business complex on Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.The cloud was so massive that Eyewitness News' chopper pilot could actually smell the gas up in the air.Firefighters ran back and forth from the scene, taking turns down inside a hole trying to contain the gas leak.On Monday night, crews told Eyewitness News a construction company digging in the area struck the gas line.The gas leak was so dangerous that dozens of businesses were evacuated.Workers at Lakeside Tan were among the first ordered to get out."We noticed there was a police officer right in front of the parking lot and all of a sudden all mayhem broke out," said Jamie Cady.Hazardous materials teams were called in to help contain the leak while the gas company spent hours Monday night trying to cap the gas line.Cornelius police blocked traffic on busy Catawba Avenue between Bethel Church and Jetton roads, forcing hundreds of drivers to find alternate routes.The gas main was capped around 9 p.m.
Officials repened roads around 9:30 p.m.
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