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Large gas leak shuts down traffic, evacuates Glendale businesses

Glendale gas leak
Posted at 6:28 AM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 12:56:43-04

GLENDALE, AZ — A large gas leak forced the evacuation of businesses and shut down traffic near 59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road Wednesday morning.

Glendale Fire officials said a "large gas line" about four to six inches in size was "actively leaking" in the area. ABC15 crews at the scene heard a lengthy "hissing-type" noise and workers said the loud noise was the sound of the high-pressure leak.

Fire officials say there is a report of one injury involving a Southwest Gas worker. ABC15 learned a cap blew and caused the injury to the worker, but the severity of the injury was not immediately clear.

Just before 8:30 a.m., the gas line was secured and crews were working on a fix.

Businesses in the area had been evacuated and traffic was blocked in the area while Southwest Gas and hazardous materials teams worked for several hours.