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Just in time for bed, evacuation lifted after gas line rupture

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ZACHARY - Families in a quiet neighborhood just outside the city were able to return home just in time for bed Thursday night.

They were forced to evacuate hours earlier after a gas line ruptured.

The line broke and forced people in the High Plains Crossing subdivision off of Highway 64 to seek shelter elsewhere for about for hours. Deputies evacuated the street where the line was located and closed the highway at High Plains Drive and Mt. Pleasant Zachary Road.

HAZMAT and Zachary Fire Department worked the scene late into the night.

Neighbors said the precaution was necessary.

"If somebody strikes a match, it's a gas leak, I mean we could all blow up. You definitely need to take precaution," said Emily Dejoie.

Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble said a man was cutting grass when he saw bubbles in standing water and called for help.

Pipeline crews are expected to patch the line by Friday. The line is used to move gas from one location to another, it does not connect to any homes.



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