Natural gas leak prompts evacuation of entire block in Brookside

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Authorities went door-to-door in Brookside to evacuate residents after a two-inch gas line was struck in the area Wednesday night.

First crews on the scene indicated a "strong smell" of natural gas.

The evacuation covered 26 homes in the 6400 block of Pennsylvania, according to KCFD spokesman James Garrett.

Firefighters went inside each house to take gas readings. Garrett said some homes did have high readings.

Raytown authorities were assisting with additional gas meters.

41 Action News was told by an evacuated resident that a contracting crew was repairing a communications line in the area at the time of the incident.

Authorities said the line was hit around 8:30 p.m. The exact location of the break was not immediately clear, but crews had it capped by 10 p.m.

Just after 10:30 p.m., authorities were allowing some residents back into their houses. Many chose to return home. Others chose to spend the night at an area hotel.

No injuries were reported.

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