Metro Atlanta Gas Leaks Linked to Splurge in Construction

By Natalie Rubino

ATLANTA (CBS46) – CBS 46 is looking into the increase of cut gas lines in metro Atlanta. In the past week alone there have been at least three gas leaks.

The latest incident happened on Sydney Marcus Blvd. Construction crews hit the wrong line while digging. The busy street was shut down for hours.

“It was like around 11 o’ clock and there was a strong odor of gas. It filled up the whole block,” Quantae Choetas a stylist at a nearby barber shop said. ”I was like I hope I don’t blow up.”

Fire crews quickly responded.

“They had like this gas tester and they came through the barber shop and let us know it was safe to be in there,” Choetas said.

The Georgia Public Service Commission is in charge of investigating when gas lines are cut. Bill Edge, a spokesperson for the commission say they get about 4,000 incidents reported to them each year. Under state law the commission can fine contractors up to $10,000 for each violation.

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