Monday, May 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
STONE MOUNTAIN -- Authorities have controlled a gas leak that shut down westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 78 near Stone Mountain on Monday morning.
Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the leak was brought under control at 12:19 p.m. by an Atlanta Gas Light crew.
Construction workers razing an old food mart in the 4100 block of U.S. Highway 78 hit a gas meter and caused the leak about 11 a.m. As a precaution, authorities shut down westbound lanes of the highway between Parker Court and Park Way. Thirteen people were evacuated from a nearby mobile home park and management office, Rutledge said.
No injuries were reported. All lanes of the highway were expected to reopen before 1 p.m.
Rutledge said a steady breeze helped to dissipate gas vapors and minimize the threat.