Ruptured Pipeline Forces Evacuation in Hawley

PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) An incident Wednesday night sent Pike County emergency crews into action.

Officials say a crew member working on  pipeline in the Hawley Area ruptured a 24 inch line.

That sent gas into air, forcing first responders to evacuate about 130 people from homes.

Tim Knapp, the Emergency Manager director for Pike County says his crew acted quickly to get people out of harm's way.

"When we arrived on scene we evaluated the situation. The local fire department secured the situation. We put our emergency action plan into use. We evacuated within a half mile of the incident."

Officials say people were out of their homes for about three hours. We're told tests were done-- and the air is safe in that part of Pike County.


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