Gas leak forces UNCC evacuation

Credit: Ricky Matthews

Gas leak forces UNCC evacuation

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 1:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emergency crews responded to a construction site at UNC Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon after a gas line ruptured.

The incident took place in the 8800 block of High Rise Road near the main entrance of campus next to Scott Hall.  The Charlotte Fire Department said a six-inch gas line ruptured on the construction site where a new dining hall is being built.  Crews arrived on scene around 4 p.m.

Three firetrucks were called, and students were forced to wait outside one of the original dorms before being allowed back in around 4:15 p.m.

The NBC Charlotte chopper pilot said he could smell the gas from the air above.  The line was fixed by 6 p.m.

Medic was called to the scene but there are no reports of injuries.

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