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Gas leak closes West Court Street
Construction crews taking down house hit a line
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West Court Street in downtown Hinesville was closed in both directions after construction crews taking down a house on the street early Tuesday hit a gas line.

The street was reopened by 8:50 a.m. There were no injuries and no evacuation was ordered.

Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Larry Logan said that at 8:15 a.m., the fire department was en route to locate the source of the leak.

"The (Hinesville) fire department was the first to investigate it," Logan said.

At one point, Logan had said the area might have to be evacuated, if Atlanta Gas Light Company workers had not found the problem as quickly as they did. Gas company workers arrived by 8:30 a.m., he said.

He explained the construction company in charge of demolishing an old home on West Court Street had unintentionally caused the leak while tearing the building down. Debris from the structure damaged a gas line, he said.

"The line at the end of the street was not cut off when they started demolishing the buildings," Logan said. "We stayed out there for a while just to make sure it was good to go."

He said as far as emergency operations go, "all went pretty well."

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