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Gas Leak Forces Road Closure, Evacuation

Saw Ching is a resident on Beach Walk and had to patiently wait until the Gas Company repaired the gas leak Saw Ching is a resident on Beach Walk and had to patiently wait until the Gas Company repaired the gas leak
Steve Golden Steve Golden
The Gas Company says a construction crew, working on the sidewalk, accidentally cut into a one-inch line, releasing natural gas into the air The Gas Company says a construction crew, working on the sidewalk, accidentally cut into a one-inch line, releasing natural gas into the air
Fire trucks and police cars crammed onto Beach Walk in Waikiki this morning Fire trucks and police cars crammed onto Beach Walk in Waikiki this morning
Officers evacuated some residents in the area Officers evacuated some residents in the area

by: Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) - A gas leak shuts down a road in Waikiki, and sends people scrambling out of the area Friday.

Fire trucks and police cars cram onto a narrow roadway in Waikiki. A gas line has ruptured.

"The police stopped me and said, 'No, you can't go there,'" Saw Ching, Beach Walk resident, said. "I said, 'What's going on?' He said, 'There's a gas leak.'"

Gas Company workers move in to examine the break. They say a construction crew, working on the sidewalk, accidentally cut into a one-inch line, releasing natural gas into the air.

"Natural gas is lighter than air," Steve Golden, The Gas Company, said. "So since it's lighter than air, and since we have some breeze, it tends to dissipate. And it's, you've got to have the exact mixture for it actually to ignite."

But just in case, officers keep people out of the area.

"There's one complex, high rise, that they evacuated people," Golden said. "There's also a safe zone that they have. And that's why you see no traffic going along here."

Saw Ching can do nothing but wait. She's not a fan of the construction near her home.

"I took a walk because usually, this morning, it was very noisy," she said. "So I wanted to get away."

But she returned to an even more hectic scene.

"It's kind of not surprising anymore because we have so much problem," she said. "Water shut off and electrical, all kinds of thing happening here. But in a way, I mean, it's not that bad as today, you know, not able to get home."

The Gas Company repaired the line, and Beach Walk is open again.

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