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A main gas line breach at Mid-State Manufacturing early last Thursday morning resulted in both northbound and southbound lanes of Green Avenue being closed for over an hour. One lane of the southbound traffic was opened around 9:15 a.m. but northbound traffic was rerouted through Juneau Street until around 11 a.m.

What started out as a water leak at 1020 S. Green Avenue last Thursday morning turned into a major gas line breach and shut down traffic both north and southbound on the main Purcell thoroughfare.

According to the report filed by the Purcell Fire Department water department personnel were working in a hole trying to repair a water leak and accidentally snagged the unmarked line with the bucket of a mini excavator.

Wadley’s EMS, Purcell Fire, Police, Water Department and Street Departments along with ODOT and ONG responded to the scene.

Firefighters immediately evacuated the area for 150 feet, including shutting down the divided boulevard.

Traffic was diverted and a safety perimeter was set up.

ONG took over the operations. The main line perpendicular was dug up and clamped off in two locations.

Once the gas stopped leaking, all fire units cleared the scene and returned to the station.

Firefighters received the call at 8:11. One lane of southbound traffic was opened just over an hour later. Northbound traffic was diverted east on Juneau until the leak was repaired about 11 a.m.

City of Purcell crews remained on the scene in front of Mid-State Manufactured Housing working all day last Thursday.

There were no reported injuries.

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