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City park evacuated, residents told to shelter indoors after major gas line struck

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By BEN CARLSON

UPDATE: The city park reopened and the shelter indoors warning was lifted around 11:30 a.m., emergency personnel announced after Atmos Energy shut off a leaking natural gas line near the park.

A natural gas leak forced the evacuation of the city park at the American Legion this morning, and residents in the block from Gailane Street, Carlton Drive, Broadway Street and U.S. 127 Bypass are being told to shelter indoors and extinguish any ignition sources.

A piece of heavy equipment digging behind the West Park Shopping Plaza struck what first responders described as a “major” natural gas line, spewing gas into the air and forcing them to evacuate the city park, including the splash park.

The wind is carrying the gas east and away from the West Park Shopping Center, which is not being evacuated at this time.

First responders said Atmos Energy has been contacted to shut off the gas line.

The line was struck around 10:15 a.m.

Bart Powell, the county’s director of emergency management, and Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Bobby Hume ordered the evacuation of the city park, where a number of people were using the walking track and children were playing in the splash park.

Check back here for details as they become available.