Residents evacuated after Ohio gas line breach

NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Police say the early morning rupture of a high-pressure pipe at a northeast Ohio gas well was mistaken for an explosion and led to the evacuations of hundreds of residents.

Detective Mike Hitchings said the failure of a high-pressure gas line at an Dominion East Ohio well in New Franklin, south of Akron, caused a loud noise that some residents reported as an explosion. The incident was reported just after 6 a.m. Monday on the east side of the city and led authorities to evacuate residents.

There were no injuries and no loss of gas service to customers.

Dominion East Ohio spokeswoman Tracy Oliver said the company is working to determine the cause of the rupture of an 8-inch gas line connecting a compressor station and storage well.

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