KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Roads are back open and people are allowed back inside their homes as crews repair ruptured natural gas line in Kansas City early Thursday morning.
Shortly after 1:00a.m., crews repaired the damaged gas line at the 10700 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard.
They are now declaring it safe for people to go back inside their homes, and drivers to navigate through the area.
It will still take Missouri Gas Energy (MGE), until 3:00a.m. to finish welding the seal.
The 16-inch main rupture was reported around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Joe Vitale, spokesman for the Kansas City Fire Department, said Blue Ridge to Bennington Avenue was closed and the north and south sides of 107th was closed. Bennington is four blocks west of Blue Ridge.
Missouri Gas Energy arrived at the scene around 2:15 p.m. Officials said there was no explosion.
One neighbor told NBC Action News she smelled gas but didn't hear any ruptures.
The cause has not yet been determined and there is no word yet on injuries.
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