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Natural Gas leak in North Las Vegas repaired

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Updated: 11/12/2012 6:24 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Southwest Gas has repaired a gas leak near Craig Road and Berg Streets. Westbound Craig Road between I-15 and Losee is reopen with no delays.

The City of North Las Vegas Fire Department responded at 11:10 a.m. On arrival, the fire department confirmed from a safe distance that there was a backhoe in the area of the reported leak, with a loud piercing sound that could be heard from approximately 1/5 mile away. The loud sound was accompanied with the smell of rotten eggs which comes from a chemical called Mercaptan, which helps to detect natural gas.

North Las Vegas Police Department and Highway Patrol closed South Bound I-15 at Craig Road and Craig Road from Pecos to Losee heading east and west, as well as Berg Avenue from Craig Road to Lone Mountain.

The businesses in the immediate area were directed to shelter in place until the incident was safe for them to leave. There were no reports of injuries to anyone involved in the incident.

The North Las Vegas, Clark County, and City of Las Vegas Fire Departments, were able to identify, isolate and contain the leak to the areas of origin.

Southwest Gas Was brought in to stop the gas leak and begin repairs to what was found to be a 4- to 5-inch line that was damaged. The gas leak was secured at 1:30 p.m. All of the closed roads were reopened and the businesses in the immediate area were allowed to continue regular business.

There were 8 fire department units and approximately 25 personnel that responded and assisted in mitigating the incident.

The circumstances and cause of the gas leak are under investigation and damage estimates are undetermined at this time.
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