Two Lowell Neighborhoods Lose Gas Service After Lines Pierced

November 29, 2018

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LOWELL -- National Grid shut off gas in two city neighborhoods Thursday morning after unrelated crews hit gas lines in South Lowell and the Highlands.

At around 8:45 a.m. on Woodland Drive, a landscaping crew hit a gas line, causing gas to leak into the air. The Fire Department told the South Lowell condo residents to shelter in place.

“There was a high concentration of gas that dissipated up to the atmosphere,” said Fire Chief Jeff Winward.

Wind was blowing toward the condo units, and crews did not want residents to go outside and turn their car on, which could create a spark. Residents were safe inside, Winward said, adding they would have evacuated if gas got inside.

National Grid shut off the gas, and the Fire Department left after the hazard was mitigated, the chief said.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries, no fires, no explosions,” he said.

About 80 customers remained without gas Thursday afternoon. National Grid expects to finish the repair Thursday evening.

Coincidentally at around the same time Thursday morning on C Street in the Highlands, a paving crew digging up sidewalks hit a gas line.

The Fire Department responded, and National Grid shut off the gas. They quickly repaired the line and got it back in service, Winward said.

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