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Gas main break in Pikesville

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 18:11:08-04

Families are allowed back into their homes after crews worked for hours to fix a gas main break in Pikesville Monday morning.

8 families were evacuated for almost 5 hours because of the problem. Larry and Rona Katz were one of them.

"Fortunately it's a nice day so we don't mind too much," Rona Katz said. 

BGE says a contractor working to modernize gas lines struck and ruptured a 4-inch pipe under Marnat Road.

"It's a high pressure gas main which gives us even more gas expelled from the pipeline," Baltimore County Battalion Chief Blaine Kurrle said.

No one was hurt. Crews worked to fix the leak, shutting off the line, though no one lost service. A small roadblock: a BGE part broke so they had to wait for a replacement to fix the leak. 

The Baltimore County Fire Department set up defensive operations, preparing for the worst case scenario. 

"So if the high pressure gas line were to actually ignite, then we would have crews in place ready to react immediately to protect any property and personnel that might be around," Kurrle said. 

With no access to their car, the Katz's walked to get lunch; an interruption to their day but they aren't sweating it. 

"When you have 3 children and all these problems come up, this is just another day in the life of a mother with children," Rona Katz said. 

The fire department and BGE tested each home for any gas before letting families back in. BGE says they have finished repairing the pipe and road; they had to dig a second hole to safely stop the leak.