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Several Kalihi buildings evacuated for hours after contractor breaks gas line

The city Department of Environmental Services said JV Coluccio Construction broke the gas line during construction on a sewer project.
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:41 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 9:01 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Repairs are underway after a contractor broke a gas line in Kalihi on Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of several buildings.

Hawaii News Now was among the businesses impacted. The news station was evacuated about 10:30 a.m. and an all clear was issued around 8:30 p.m.

The city Department of Environmental Services said JV Coluccio Construction broke the 8-inch gas line on Waiakamilo Road during work on a sewer project. The project involves installing 800 feet of new lines.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesperson Louise Kim McCoy said four units responded to the scene following the break and immediately detected a strong smell of gas.

“Due to the reading at that time, the incident commander thought it was the best and most prudent thing to do to evacuate,” McCoy said.

As the situation dragged on into the afternoon, employees at various locations started to feel the effects of the closure.

A contractor damaged the line along Waiakamilo Road Monday. The break was located between Hart...
A contractor damaged the line along Waiakamilo Road Monday. The break was located between Hart and Kalani Streets.(HNN)

Maka Agai, an employee who evacuated from NAPA Auto Parts, said the company wasn’t even able to do deliveries.

“We’re trying our best to please our customers but we can’t do anything we can’t get back into the shop,” she said.

By mid-afternoon, some businesses called it a day ― allowing workers back inside just long enough to get their belongings.

This story will be updated.

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