Homes Evacuated After Kinston Gas Leak

Residents of one Kinston neighborhood were allowed to return to their homes after a natural gas leak Wednesday morning.

Kinston Public Safety spokesman Woody Spencer says the leak on College Street was fixed around 11:55 a.m. He says a crew from Lane Construction broke the line at College and Warren streets around 10: 30 a.m.

The 1-1/2 to 2 inch line was repaired by Piedmont Natural Gas.

Spencer says five homes in the 1100 block of College Street were evacuated as a precaution. A nearby nursing home was placed on standby, but was never evacuated.

No one was injured in the gas leak.


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Kinston police have evacuated a block of College Street because of a natural gas leak.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says the leak happened around 10:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of College Street.

Dail says the leak was caused by construction at the corner of College and Warren streets. Piedmont Natural Gas crews are on the scene.

A nearby nursing has not been evacuated. There are 168 residents at Harmony Hall Rehab & Nursing Center where administrators say they are standby in case an evacuation is ordered.

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