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Natural gas leak capped following evacuation at Johnston strip shopping center

Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editorMay 16, 2019

A natural gas leak at a Johnston County strip shopping center has been capped following an evacuation at the center that was ordered Thursday morning, authorities said.

Crews were called to the Johnston Dialysis Center, located at 545 Market Street in the Market Plaza Center, in Smithfield around 10:45 a.m. because of the leak. Authorities said the leak was capped around 11:30 a.m.

No injuries have been reported.

It was not immediately clear how the leak occurred.

According to Google Earth, there are several businesses in the strip shopping center besides the dialysis clinic, including a nail salon, laundromat, dry cleaners and hat shop.

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