Dozens evacuate Lexington building after gas leak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Hundreds of people ended up outside Tuesday after a large gas leak.

It happened Tuesday afternoon on Loudon Avenue in Lexington, leading to the evacuations of several buildings. Lexington police had to shut down a portion of Loudon Avenue while crews worked on fixing the leaking pipe.

"It's real strong smell of gas you can smell," described bystander Patrick Jones, "they've got some ambulances up there, some cops. That they may be going up there looks like to repair something."

Around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, dozens of people had to leave the Hope Center and nearby YMCA because of the gas leak. Police blocked cars from driving down Loudon Avenue while crews fixed the problem. They say a man was cutting grass on Hope Center property when he clipped a two-inch, above-ground portion of a gas line.

"No danger to the public other than the folks that were evacuated. Anybody coming down the Loudon area probably wants to avoid this area," noted Lexington Police Lieutenant Mark Brand.

Lextran brought in a bus for those temporarily evacuated, providing them with shelter from the sun and relief from the heat.

"We're in the middle of the day. You don't expect nothing like that to happen anyway, not with a gas leak in the middle of the day. I wouldn't expect that," evacuee Charles Griffin said.

No one was injured.

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