KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two apartment buildings were evacuated Saturday afternoon after a gas line rupture near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Residents of the buildings were allowed back into their homes around midnight, but said crews were using jackhammers in the area all night.
Multiple alarms were called to the 5000 block of Wyandotte at about 4:30 p.m..
Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett said he wasn’t sure how the gas line broke.
"In light of JJ's, eveyone is being very cautious," Garrett said. "Everybody is making sure the gas does not get to an explosive level."
The fire department used its gas detection equipment and called in MGE to assess the damage.
A Missouri OneCall record shows there were crews drilling in the area, reportedly laying fiber optic cable for Google.
Residents said all emergency and contractor vehicles left around 6 a.m. Sunday.
Fire crews on scene said one of the buildings that was evacuated was the Kirkwood Circle building. A tenant there said the building to the east was also evacuated.
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