Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

Gas leak shuts U.S. 19 and East Bay Drive in Largo

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LARGO — Authorities closed portions of two major Pinellas County roads Tuesday night after two separate reports of leaking gas lines.

The first leak, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. led authorities to block traffic at the intersection of East Bay Drive and U.S. 19.

Firefighters worked for about an hour to find and stop the leak, which happened while construction workers were doing work on a nearby water main, fire officials said.

Several nearby businesses, including a fitness center and a children's day care center, were evacuated as a precaution, said Largo Fire Rescue spokesman David Mixson.

Rescue workers were able to find and seal the leak in a 2-inch gas line about 7:30 p.m., officials said. The intersection reopened soon after.

Elsewhere, firefighters responded to a separate report of a gas leak about 7 p.m. in the area of Highland Avenue and Sunset Point Road.

The leak closed Highland Avenue for about 45 minutes as the line was repaired. The road was then reopened.

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