Gas leak prompts University of Delaware evacuations

July 9, 2013 3:27:25 PM PDT
A gas leak disrupted activities at the University of Delaware briefly Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say an underground gas pipe, located in a construction site adjacent to Allison Hall on the Newark Campus, was stuck and damaged by a backhoe operator digging a hole.

Allison Hall East / West, Plant Operations and 200 Academy Street were evacuated as a precaution.

Approximately 100 people were evacuated from the three buildings until Delmarva Power arrived to shut of the gas and EHS gave the all clear.

This process took approximately 30 minutes.


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