OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Several businesses in downtown Ocean Springs had to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon when construction workers hit a gas line. The rupture happened just after 4pm near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Robinson Street.
Police said the Kangaroo Gas Station and the Mellow Mushroom restaurant, along with several other downtown businesses, were evacuated. CSX also suspended all train traffic in the area.
A crew from Centerpoint Energy was able to quickly repair the two inch section of the line that was damaged.
The police supervisor on scene, Lt. Bruce Spearnock, reported that no one was injured and that the evacuations were a necessary precaution.
The ongoing construction in the area is part of the city's streetscape project. There's no word on if Tuesday's gas leak might delay the project.