DEWITT TWP, Mich. (WILX) – UPDATE: A gas leak in DeWitt Township that prompted evacuation orders Saturday morning was caused by elevated gas pressure levels in a line, according to Consumers Energy.
Spokesman Terry DeDoes tells News 10 the elevated pressure levels
caused a safety valve to go off around 7:45 a.m. in a line in the 13000 block of Airport Road. DeDoes says the value worked properly alerting crews of the pressure levels. When the valve went off, it caused a loud boom that many residents reported hearing, but DeDoes says that’s just how the valve is supposed to work.
First responders evacuated several homes near the line as a precaution, then ordered a shelter-in-place for residents living within a 5-mile radius of the pipe. Those orders were lifted a little over an hour later.
DeDoes says gas is escaping from the line but crews are monitoring levels in the area and working to fix it. Consumers is now investigating what caused the elevated pressure levels and says crews will likely need to make adjustments to the line.
Gas service was not interrupted during this incident.
Consumers say there is no risk to residents or anyone in the area.
Police are giving the all-clear to residents told to shelter in place after a gas leak in DeWitt Township Saturday morning.
Consumer’s Energy crews will remain in the area of the 13000 block of Airport Road monitoring gas levels.
News 10 is working to learn what caused the leak.
Emergency crews are on the scene of what they’re calling a major gas leak in DeWitt Township and are asking residents to shelter in place.
Consumers Energy is working to turn the gas line off. The leak happening in the area of the 13000 block of Airport Rd, just north of Clark Rd.
Residents living within a 5-mile radius are asked to shelter in place.
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