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Minor gas leak in Park East

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A backhoe ruptured a gas line in the south Glenwood Springs neighborhood of Park East Thursday, leading to the brief evacuation of several homes.

“Just a little inconvenience,” said Brad Thayer, as he stood across the street from his home with his family.

The line rupture occurred during an excavation project on a lot behind Thayer’s home.



Backhoe operator David Wanzer said, “I knew it was there. I just screwed up, wasn’t thinking, and hit it.”

Wanzer’s backhoe hit the half-inch line at about 11:30 a.m., said Kinder-Morgan business relations representative Natalie Fhelbourn.



Kinder-Morgan crews arrived and shut the line off by 11:45 a.m., she said. Just before noon firefighters took gas level readings in Thayer’s home, opened up a few windows, and told the Thayers it was safe to go back inside.

At 12:15 p.m. firefighters had packed up and left, and Wanzer was digging again, trying to expose enough line so Kinder-Morgan crews could make repairs.

The gas was back on by 3 p.m., said Fhelbourn.

Gas leaks were nothing new to Thayer, who said the gas line in his lot was ruptured when his house was being built.

“That whole line just burst in my face,” he said, when his line was hit. Thayer said that the pressure in the line was so great he was hit with rocks when the line ruptured.

Although being evacuated from his house was an inconvenience, Thayer thought it was better to be safe than sorry.

“I’m a little nervous, especially with natural gas- with what happened to Luke Little- you want to be careful,” he said.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

rgraff@postindependent.com


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