Ventura County

Gas pipeline break in Ventura prompted evacuations

A backhoe digging in the area caused the rupture

VENTURA, Calif. - A natural gas pipeline break in Ventura Thursday morning prompted an evacuation of four Head Start school employees and others to shelter in place.

At about 10 a.m., a backhoe digging in the area of Ventura Avenue and Seneca Street hit a 50 psi distribution pipeline creating a large gas leak.

Anyone outside of a 100-foot radius was told to shelter in place.

Ventura Fire Department crews provided foam that suppressed any ignition sources present in the area while the gas company worked to repair the damaged pipe.

The leak was controlled after three hours. No one was injured.

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