Meter struck, gas sprayed, city response avoided fire

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A truck driver backed into a natural gas meter on the Southern Logistics property in Lewisburg's Industrial Park recently, but a city gas department official cut service and prevented an explosion.

"Gas, police and fire departments responded together," Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams said of the tense situation at 841 Industrial Drive on Friday, Jan. 22, in the morning. "The gas department was in before we got there. We had one crew go in with the gas department. Police blocked roads."

Natural gas sprayed from the service line after a truck "knocked the meter loose," the chief said. The released gas "was out in the open" but it dispersed.

"These lines coming in don't have as much pressure as the transmission lines," Williams said, crediting Leroy Mullins of Lewisburg Gas Department as the man in charge during response to the incident.