Firefighters respond to gas leak by Dixie State

ST. GEORGE — A gas leak on the corner of 400 South and 1000 East next to Dixie State University temporarily closed the roadway Tuesday afternoon.

A backhoe ruptured a 4-inch natural gas line at 400 South and 1000 East by Dixie State University. No evacutions occurred beyond non-essential personnel at the scene while the incident was tended to by authorities, St. George, Utah, June 11, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The St. George Police Department posted on social media that a gas line break had occurred at the street corner just after 1 p.m. and asked the public to avoid the area until the incident was resolved.

400 South and 1000 East is currently a construction site for a pedestrian walkway under Interstate 15. During part of the work related to the project, a backhoe struck a 4-inch natural gas line, St. George Fire Battalion Chief Darren Imlay said.

While the gas line rupture caused the evacuation of non-essential personnel from the immediate area, it did not impact nearby structures that include student apartments and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Institute building.

However, the institute and at least three apartment buildings had their gas shut off when a crew from Dominion Energy clamped the ruptured line for repair.

There was no impact to nearby traffic on I-15, Imlay said. If there had been wind blowing across the interstate and taking the rising gas with it, however, they would have had to shut down at least one side of the I-15, he said.

The line was marked by Blue Stakes, Imlay said, which means the company involved could be fined for the cost of repairing the line by Dominion Energy.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

A backhoe ruptured a 4-inch natural gas line at 400 South and 1000 East by Dixie State University. No evacutions occurred while the incident was tended to by authorities, St. George, Utah, June 11, 2019 | Image courtesy of GoogleMaps, St. George News

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