UPDATE: Lockdown lifted, road reopened after gas line break

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Submitted: Thu, 12/06/2012 - 3:49am
Updated: Thu, 12/06/2012 - 2:18pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A lockdown has been lifted at Cape Fear Academy after a gas main break near the campus.

The break was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in the 3900 block of South College Road. Emergency crews have closed traffic in both directions as they work to stop the leaking gas.

Wilmington Fire Battalion Chief David Hines says they have a crew at the scene. He said it appears an eight-inch line ruptured, spewing natural gas into the air. He says Piedmont Gas is waiting on a clamp to arrive at the scene to help secure it. Hines says the gas is not a threat to students or others in the area.

Parents and employees were notified by automated phone alerts, email blasts and through the web.

S. College Road fully reopened around 8 P.M.

While more repairs are necessary, gas is no longer leaking.

Cape Fear Academy is set to resume a normal schedule Thursday.


  • 357sig says:

    Why do you not report the contractor’s name? Its basic reporting, who, what, when, where, how, and why.

  • Guest Reply says:

    From the Star News:
    “An 8-inch gas line was blown when it was hit by crews who were in the area working on another issue.” (Unquote)
    That stretch of road is just over 20 years old. No updated gas line maps huh?

  • Naw... says:

    Lowest bidder…but if you were to look at the standards and practices of local government (both COW & NHC), even up to a few years ago, they just threw it the ground, buried it, and the as-builts were just a “best-guestimate.”

  • Barbara Gallagher-Ferreri says:

    I heard that parents can go to Wal-Mart at Monkey Junction to get their kids. You should check into this info and broadcast details. Thank you.

  • new guest says:

    Gas companies pay their own employees or a contractor to locate their plant that is in the ground. That is why you see all those colored flags and lines on the ground. This is one time you can’t blame the
    government. The blame goes to the locator.

  • Do your homework says:

    You know, before you go making comments like that, maybe you should first do your homework. This incident was caused by a BROKEN NATURAL GAS LINE. Your comments about COW and NHC have absolutely NOTHING to do with this incidents since the neither the COW nor NHC install NATURAL GAS lines. Now, if this was a water line, that may be a different story. Of course today you would be talking about the CFPUA, since the COW and NHC water systems were brought under its authority. Next time, try not to show how uneducated you are by posting such anti-government rhetoric.

  • Mike G says:

    >>Call B4 You Dig<< Like someone else noted. I really hope that with 21 Dec. 12 we really do get that intelligence boost, we so desperately need, when we cross into the age of Aquarius.

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