Battalion Chief: Routine repair led to high-pressure gas leak that sounded like ‘jet engine’

SPRINGFIELD — A gas line that was struck leading to a “high pressure” gas leak in Springfield has been clamped.

Contractors with the City of Springfield were trying to work on a water line when a two-inch high-pressure line was struck in the area of E. Cassilly and Olive streets Monday afternoon. Crews arriving on scene then blocked traffic for a block in each direction, said Springfield Battalion Chief Jeremy Linn.

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Columbia Gas crews were able to pinch off the pipe on either side of the leak, and will now repair the pipe before unclamping it.

“It sounded like a jet engine when we got here,” Linn said. As crews started working on the leak, it became quieter.

No one was hurt.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Columbia Gas crews struck the gas line. This story has been updated to say contractors with the City of Springfield struck the line.