WILMINGTON -- A gas leak forced an evacuation in downtown Wilmington Thursday. Contract crews cleaning sewer lines on Front Street between Ann and Dock pierced the gas pipe. City police, fire fighters and the North Carolina Natural Gas Company assisted with evacuations and advised people not to turn their cars on. Witnesses say they knew something was wrong when they caught the smell of gas in the air. Front Street Inn owner Polly Salinetti said, "It was very strong. I mean it was gas, and you can smell gas, and it was very, very strong smell of gas." The gas leak has been repaired and life has returned to normal in that stretch of downtown.
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