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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gas line break interrupts classes at University of Arkansas

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

UNSCHEDULED BREAK: UA students await return to class.
  • UNSCHEDULED BREAK: UA students await return to class.

The University of Arkansas news bureau covered a breaking news story on Twitter and even Storify today, complete with photos. A construction crew apparently hit a gas line on Dickson Street, prompting a temporary evacuation of several buildings until the gas was shut off and buildings cleared for a return to classes.

Details from release:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A construction crew ruptured a 1.5 inch gas line under Dickson Street, near the Hillside Auditorium, at about 10:50 a.m. An area south of Dickson Street, west of Harmon Avenue, north of Fairview St. and east of Garland Avenue was evacuated as a precaution. Buildings evacuated included Brough Commons, Yocum Hall, Humphries Hall, Kimpel Hall, Walton College, the Reynolds Center, Walker Hall, Hunt Hall, Hillside Auditorium, the Heating Plant and Mechanical Engineering.

A SourceGas emergency crew successfully stopped the leak at about 12:10 p.m., the air quality in the area was tested and found safe, and an all-clear was issued, ending the evacuations.

Crews are now working to restore gas service to many of the buildings on campus.

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