Gas Leak Forces Evacuations In Jackson County

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30 homes have been evacuated after a gas line rupture in Jackson County, Ohio.

Officials tell the breach happened about 4:15 in the area of Keystone Furnace Road and Charles Lewis Road.

Robert Czechlewski, Director of Jackson County Emergency Management, tells a 24 inch line was breached by Columbia Gas crews who were working in the area at the time.

He says 30 homes within a half mile radius of the leak have been evacuated. It could be up to four hours before residents are allowed to return home.

Czechlewski tells that there is 700 pounds of pressure coming from the pipeline and valves have been shut off in Oak Hill and Pattonsville.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter in place at the Jackson County Fire Department Annex.

Charles Lewis Road is shut down. Keystone Furnace Road, a half mile each direction from the intersection of Charles Lewis Road, is also shut down.