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Ruptured gas line leads to evacuations near LSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News & CBS) _ The Baton Rouge Fire Department says a construction crew hit a gas line near LSU, causing the natural gas line to rupture beneath the roadway Monday morning.

It happened on Stanford Avenue near LSU Avenue on Monday. Officials said workers hit a two-inch gas line beneath the roadway while digging. No injuries have been reported.

A pumping station in the area caught fire and it has been confirmed the fire was caused by the gas line rupture. The fire was put out around 11:15 a.m.

Stanford at Perkins Road and Stanford at South Lakeshore Drive are blocked to traffic. Officials evacuated some houses in the area. Officials said Stanford Avenue in front of the sewer lift plant was starting to buckle.

A hazmat team from the Baton Rouge Fire Department is on the scene monitoring the air quality.

The Department of Public Works will evaluate Stanford Avenue and determine when it is safe to reopen it.

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