SB State Street still closed after natural gas leak in Salt Lake City

Police and firefighters at the scene of a natural gas line link in downtown Salt Lake City. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters said southbound State Street remains closed between 100 and 200 south in downtown Salt Lake City as work continues to ventilate buildings after a natural gas line leak.

Northbound State Street between 100 and 200 South is currently open to traffic.

SLC Fire Battalion Chief Sam Walker told KSL that a construction worker hit the line, causing a natural gas leak at businesses on the west side of State Street. The buildings were evacuated.

Jacobsen Construction provided the following statement regarding the gas leak:

During the installation of a mass of electrical conduits in the street near our project, a gas pipe was cut. We can report that there were no injuries and as a precaution the block and nearby construction site have been evacuated while Dominion Energy is on site to repair the line. The gas was shut off at 1:03 p.m. and the area is ventilated so that the street and the construction site can be reopened in about 60 minutes.

At 2 p.m., Walker said the gas leak had been repaired and officials were working to ventilate the affected buildings.

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