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By Dale Hallock

Santa Monica Gas Main Ruptures

Construction accident resulted in the evacuation of 2 neighboring office buildings


Today at approximately 10:10 AM, Santa Monica Fire Department received reports of a construction accident, resulting in a severed natural gas main at 2425 Olympic Blvd. First arriving units found a high pressure, 1" gas main severed with no fire. 3 Engines, a Ladder Truck, a Hazardous Materials Unit, and Chief Officer Supervisor, ultimately responded to manage the incident.

This leak resulted in the evacuation of 2 neighboring office buildings, 2425 Olympic, and 1620 26th Street. Also, all streets in the area were blocked for the duration of the leak. Approximately 2 hours after the incident was reported, Southern California Gas Company was able to cap the leak.

Workers were able to return to their offices after the Fire Department completed inspecting the building with combustible gas detectors, and found no residual gas. No injuries to civilians, or Firefighters were reported.


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