Dec 122013
 
Construction equipment surrounds a gas leak on Jefferson Avenue near Magnolia on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment surrounds a gas leak on Jefferson Avenue near Magnolia on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Several Jefferson Avenue residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday afternoon after contractors ruptured a gas line, authorities said.

The break happened around 1:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of Jefferson Avenue, according to New Orleans Firefighter Michael Williams.

“The B & K construction company was working on the median moving a large slab of concrete when the excavator struck a four inch natural gas line,” Williams wrote in a news release. “Residents in a one block radius of the incident were evacuated until the leak can be contained.”

Near the site of the leak, residents came and went escorted by utility workers, rescuing dogs, children, babysitters and inlaws from homes near the break.

Jefferson Avenue residents Melissa Hill and Nick Koretzky sat on a small bench in the 2400 block of Octavia, waiting to be let back home. A roaring sound came from the near the leak site, and the gas smell hang in the air.

“You can still smell it all the way down to Freret,” Koretzky said.

Other residents waited nearby, in their cars, or left for relatives’ houses. Finally, around 4:30 p.m., the loud sound from the leak site ceased, and Entergy workers told the cold residents they could return home.

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