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Fire Crews Converge on Gas Line Break in Aurora, MO

AURORA, Mo. - A natural gas line break in Aurora has disrupted traffic and brought out multiple emergency response units, according to witnesses near the site of the break.
AURORA, Mo. - A natural gas line break in Aurora has disrupted traffic and brought out multiple emergency response units, according to witnesses near the site of the break.

Firefighters at the scene said a backhoe working in the area had cut into the line. Workers told KOLR10 News they were planning to “crimp” the line to close it off.

Jenny Gobble, spokeswoman for Missouri Gas Energy, which owns the line, said the break was caused by a local contractor working in the area. The line was a local service line – a 1 1/8th-inch plastic line.

Colleen Angus, who works at Richard’s HawgWild BBQ on East Olive Street, said people in the restaurant had been watching the commotion near the intersection of Madison and Highway 39 since about 10:30 a.m. today.

“McNatt Street was closed off,” she said. “and an ambulance came. There are fire trucks and a policeman is blocking the tracks.”

The site, which is near the BNSF railroad tracks that run through this Lawrence County town, is visible from the front of the restaurant, Angus said.

No fire is evident to those in the restaurant near the scene, but there is a full response from police and fire departments.

Aurora police officials could not be reached for comments at the time. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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