Several hundred evacuated after gas leak near city hall in LaPorte
LAPORTE, Ind. -- A gas leak in LaPorte outside City Hall forced several hundred residents and downtown workers to evacuate.
People within a 12 block radius were evacuated from the area and taken to Lincoln Elementary School.
Crews capped the leak around 7 p.m.
Officials say construction crews were working on a parking lot behind City Hall when they hit a steel gas line.
One valve was easily shut down, but the other required digging and welding.
NIPSCO representatives say dangerous levels of gas are a level four, but levels in downtown on Tuesday didn't reach .5
Residents may still experience foul smells, but should not be concerned.