Bainbridge Public Safety officers and City of Bainbridge Gas Department employees are on the scene of a reported gas leak near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Independent Street in Bainbridge.
The gas leak was reported at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in a natural gas supply line outside of the Stone’s Hardware corporate offices, BPS Major Doyle Welch said.
Because of the potential danger of a natural gas explosion, BPS has blocked off access to two blocks of Calhoun Street in front of Stones’s offices and Bainbridge store.
Bainbridge Gas Department employees are using heavy equipment and a shovel to get to the gas line under the pavement. BPS Director Eric Miller said officers are standing by, ready to spray water from hoses, just in case the repair process caused a spark that led to an explosion.
“We are ready to protect the men working to fix the gas leak, first of all, then to protect the building if necessary,” BPS Director Miller said.