Florida gas line leak contained, investigation ongoing

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Melbourne, FL, United States (4E) – A gas leak that caused a possible rupture in a Melbourne, Florida pasture land Wednesday morning has been contained and the incident is being investigated.

According to Brevard County Fire-Rescue officials, reports were received about a possible explosion followed by a loud noise at 5:30 a.m. by Brandywine subdivision residents near U.S. 192 and Simon Road, just west of Interstate 95.

Deputies said the cap or valve of a natural gas transmission line that failed resulted to the explosive sound.

Nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution and a hazardous materials team arrived to investigate the area. Nobody was reported injured.

Officials revealed a repair crew isolated and contained the gas leak.

A Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesperson reported through Twitter feed that “Natural gas is lighter than air and rises into the atmosphere. Crews standing by in the unlikely event of a fire.”

Simon Road remained closed but Interstate 95 and U.S. 192 were not affected by the incident.

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