Edmond commuters driving along Second Street Thursday evening were disrupted by a leaking gas pipe — at least, those lucky enough to be on Second before it was closed down.

The leak was caused by a trackhoe digging at the construction site for the new Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation laboratory site, said Don Sherry, Oklahoma Natural Gas spokesman.

ONG was notified about the leak around 3:50 p.m. and a repair crew was dispatched to the site, Sherry said. Crews were using a clamping device to squeeze off the gas flow, he said.

Temporary repairs were to have been completed Thursday evening and a construction plan was to be made today, Sherry said.

Sherry said he did not expect there to be any disruption of service to city customers.

Edmond Police Department officers, Edmond Fire Department firefighters and officers from the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety were on the scene diverting traffic from the work site.

Second was closed from University Drive to Baumann. Vehicles were being rerouted through the UCO campus, where a parking lot was temporarily closed.

Otherwise, the leak had no long-term affect on UCO, said spokesman Charlie Johnson. UCO officials did a safety check at Central Plaza to ensure student safety. There was a brisk southeast wind, blowing the gas away from the student housing facility.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce building across the street was evacuated, however.

At 5 p.m., the smell of gas was still in the air.

Sherry said air samples were being taken to ensure the safety of the work crew, being assisted by members of the Edmond Fire Department.

(Education reporter Mark Schlachtenhaufen may be reached via e-mail at ms@edmondsun.com

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