Gas leak causes evacuation of Lighthouse Place

August 2, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — A portion of the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets was evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a gas leak.

According to NIPSCO, a 3-inch underground natural gas line was struck by a contract company. The contractor was digging about 1 p.m. near the south end of Lighthouse Place near Eighth and Manhattan streets.

NIPSCO crews worked with the Michigan City Fire Department to secure the area. As a safety precaution, a portion of the mall was temporarily evacuated while crews shut off the damaged line, which is under the roadway.

At about 2:30 p.m., the area was deemed “safe” and customers were being let back into stores.

Utility spokesman Nick Meyer said those traveling in the area may notice a strong odor of natural gas in the air.

While NIPSCO made repairs to the damaged line, the company expected about 100 customers to temporarily be without natural gas service.

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