Contractor sliced gas line downtown, forces a shut down of the area

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A gas line was struck in downtown Fort Wayne Friday morning. The incident forced authorities to shut down the area and caused traffic delays.

Fort Wayne firefighters told NewsChannel 15 that a contractor hit a 4-inch plastic main gas line at West Washington Boulevard and Harrison Street, near the Grand Wayne Convention Center, at about 7:30 this morning. It’s not clear how.

A gas line was struck in downtown Fort Wayne on Friday, June 16, 2017.

An officer at the scene told NewsChannel 15 that the gas was blowing so hard it was moving the trees around the area.

West Washington Boulevard has been closed at Clinton Street, and Calhoun Street was closed between Wayne Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department was monitoring gas levels at nearby buildings.

Larry Graham with NIPSCO said the gas company is work to avoid having to shut off the gas by isolating the leak, in order to lessen the number of customers impacted. Graham said a crew hopes to have that done by noon, and once that happens, roughly 15 customers will be without gas until a repair is made.

The gas was shut off around 2 p.m. Graham told NewsChannel 15 the repairs are expected to be made around 3 p.m.

Around 4 p.m. officers reopened the road. Traffic was delayed for over seven hours.