Jacksonville gas leak capped, evacuations lifted and most roads reopen

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A natural gas leak that forced the evacuation of a high school, a daycare center, a shopping center, and surrounding neighborhoods has been capped.

Jacksonville city officials say the unmarked gas line was hit by a crew working in the area of Carmen Avenue and Clyde Drive.

Jacksonville High School was evacuated and students taken to other locations. Childcare Network Daycare, Brookwood Baptist Church and businesses in New Market Square were also evacuated.

Police asked residents who live in the area of Henderson Drive, Doris Avenue, Decatur Road and Gum Branch Road to also leave their homes.

Shortly before 4:00 p.m. the city said the leak had been capped, evacuations lifted and most streets allowed to reopen.


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A main street in Jacksonville is closed because of a natural gas leak.

Jacksonville city officials say an unmarked gas line was hit by a crew working in the area of Carmen Avenue and Clyde Drive. This is near Henderson Drive, which has been closed to all traffic.

The street closure will impact dismissal this afternoon from Jacksonville High School. Those who normally pickup students at the high school are being asked to use Gum Branch Road instead of Henderson Drive.

There's no word yet on how long the streets will be closed.