UPDATE: A Williamston Street Reopens After Gas Leak

A ruptured gas line prompted the closure of a portion of highway and the evacuation of local businesses.

Martin County Emergency Management closed the section of East Boulevard after work crews struck a natural gas line around 1:40 P.M. Monday.

As of 5 P.M. Monday, the leak has been fixed and the roadway reopened to traffic.


A major street in Williamston has been shut down due to a natural gas leak.

Martin County Emergency Management says approximately ten businesses have been evacuated after a Department of Transportation crew ruptured an underground line on East Boulevard.

It happened around 1:40 p.m. across from Dominion Power as the DOT was putting in a new sign. That section of East Boulevard has been shut down and Piedmont Natural Gas is on scene trying to close off the leak.

By 4:30 p.m. the leak had been patched, though the highway remains closed.

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  • by RdoubleD on May 9, 2011 at 07:18 PM
    Who would want to go to Williamston? Why is this newsworthy?
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 05:40 AM in reply to RdoubleD
      because your mom was here when it happened
  • by rl Location: bear grass on May 9, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    It can't be a ruptured leak, maybe a ruptured line.
  • by Fact checker on May 9, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    you never had this happen before consolidation
  • by Matin Co Resident Location: Williamston on May 9, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    And they say DOT never works!! Look at the damage and cost of repairs they did this afternoon
    • reply
      by mike on May 9, 2011 at 09:56 PM in reply to Matin Co Resident
      guess they don't understand CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!
  • by KaBoom Location: Williamston on May 9, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Knew this type of thing was gonna happen when they put the line in. We didn't need it,,will never pay for itself. One more part of infrastructure to deteriorate and cause trouble.
  • by OLD GUY on May 9, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    WFR.... you light'em we fight'um

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