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Gas leaking after commercial line is broken in far east El Paso

El Paso firefighters at the scene of a gas leak in a far east El Paso neighborhood where construction work was taking place.
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El Paso firefighters at the scene of a gas leak in a far east El Paso neighborhood where construction work was taking place.

EL PASO, Texas -- A two-inch diameter commercial gas line broke in far east El Paso Monday afternoon, prompting a significant response by authorities to try and cap the leak.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. at Tierra Fortaleza Avenue and Mike Price Drive.

At least a half-dozen El Paso Fire Department units responded to the scene. Officials indicated that the gas line was broken during construction taking place in the area.

Texas Gas Service described the situation as "a natural gas main that was struck and damaged by a third-party contractor working in the area." A utility spokesperson urged work crews doing digging, boring or tree removal to call 811 at least 48 hours in advance to have underground utility lines marked to avoid ruptures like this case.

No further details were immediately available.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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