East Chicago Residents OK to Return to Homes After Gas Leak

Leak in underground main caused pavement to buckle

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Thursday, Jan 27, 2011  |  Updated 3:13 PM CDT
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East Chicago Residents OK to Return to Homes After Gas Leak

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Roughly 200 East Chicago residents were given the OK to return to their homes Thursday morning after a gas leak forced their evacuation late Wednesday.

A spokesman for Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said the company received reports of a strong smell of gas near W. 145th Street and Magoun Avenue.  Crews traced it to an underground main that had caused the pavement there to buckle, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

Firefighters evacuated several blocks and an area school was closed Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

There's no word on what caused the leak, NIPSCO spokesperson Larry Graham said.

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