Gas leak re­ported at church prop­erty

Sunday Star - - LOCAL -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — A church school and a neigh­bor­ing med­i­cal of­fice build­ing were evac­u­ated Thurs­day morn­ing, Nov. 16, as gas be­gan leak­ing from an un­der­ground tank.

The leak was at the cor­ner of North Kent Street and Philoso­phers Ter­race in Ch­ester­town on the grassy lot at the Ch­ester­town Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church. The church also is home to the Ch­ester River Ad­ven­tist School.

The gas leak was re­ported at about 10:30 a.m. Stu­dents and teach­ers were evac­u­ated from the Ad­ven­tist school as were staff and pa­tients at the ad­ja­cent Univer­sity of Mar yland Shore Med­i­cal Pav­il­ion at Ch­ester­town on Philoso­phers Ter­race and neigh­bor­ing res­i­dents down­wind from the leak.

Two blocks of North Kent Street were closed to traf­fic, as was much of Philoso­phers Ter­race, while fire­fight­ers trained a hose at the leak to bet­ter dis­perse the es­cap­ing gas.

“You may smell propane out­doors. If you smell it in­side your dwelling, please call 9-1-1 for as­sis­tance. Please use cau­tion in the area and use al­ter­nates routes when driv­ing in the area,” stated a no­tice from the Kent County Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices.

Fire­fight­ers on the scene said the leak may have been caused by a pickup truck driv­ing onto the grassy area next to the church and strik­ing an ex­posed por­tion of the un­der­ground gas tank.

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