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Ruptured gas line forces evacuations in the Central West End

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - More than 150 people were evacuated from homes and businesses in the Central West End Tuesday morning after a Laclede Gas main ruptured. It happened at Euclid and Laclede around 7:45am.

A Laclede Gas spokesperson it was actually a Laclede crew that hit and ruptured its own gas main. That spokesperson says crews are upgrading pipelines in the Central West End. We're told during that work this morning, crews accidentally hit the end of an existing four inch natural gas main prompting the rupture.

St. Louis Fire Department Spokesperson Captain Garon Mosby says evacuations started right away. Mosby says there were some low gas readings coming up in some of the buildings. That presented a danger for a potential explosion. Fortunately no explosions took place.

Nearly two hours after the rupture happened, the gas finally got turned off. We're told people were allowed back into the area a little before 10am. No injuries are being reported.