cloudy
Thursday February 11th, 2016 5:46AM

After-school students moved following natural gas leak

By Alyson Shields Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Authorities moved a group of after-school students at McEver Elementary Wednesday after a construction crew nearby hit a natural gas line.

According to Fire Chief David Kimbrell, the leak was non-threatening, but was dissipating into the air and causing a strong odor.

"We did move some students to a different part of the school, just simply for the smell," Kimbrell said. "We did monitor the area with gas meters and there was never any danger to that school." Most students had left the school by the time the line was hit, but a group of after-school kids were still there along with some staff, according to Kimbrell.

Kimbrell said the response team was able to slow the leak and the gas company turned off the gas to the line.

Kimbrell also said the leak won't be issue for commuters on the road. "Fortunately with natural gas, it is lighter than air and it rises and will dissipate on out of the way.

School system spokesman Gordon Higgins said the construction crew had been working at the car wash behind the school.

He said everything should be back to normal for the Thursday school day.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 2 years ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Republican presidential contenders descend on South Carolina
Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination.
By The Associated Press
9:14PM ( 8 hours ago )
New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain are emerging
WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect preg...
6:22PM ( 11 hours ago )
Fiorina ends 2016 Republican bid for president
Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field.
3:32PM ( 14 hours ago )
Man faces 30 counts of animal cruelty in Forsyth County
A Forsyth County man faces multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities removed several dogs from a residence in the western part of the county earlier this month.
10:50AM ( 18 hours ago )
UPDATE: Mother, 2 daughters killed in Gwinnett County house fire
Authorities said a mother and her two young daughters have died in a house fire in Tucker.
By Associated Press
9:00AM ( 20 hours ago )