Crews stand down after underground propane leak in downtown Waco area contained

About 20 firefighters responded.
About 20 firefighters responded.(Hannah Hall)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 10:32 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 2:05 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A major underground propane leak in the downtown Waco area that drew a major response has been contained, fire officials say, and firefighters have completed an extensive sweep of the area to make sure no pockets of the heavier-than-air gas have accumulated in underground conduits or the basements of several nearby buildings including Balcones Distilling.

Crews cleared the scene at around 2 p.m. Thursday, more than fours after they were dispatched.

Firefighters responded just after 9:30 a.m. to a report of a gas odor in the 300 block of South 11th Street, hazmat crews responded six minutes later, and the leak wax contained at around 10:30 a.m., fire officials said.

The leak appears to have occurred on the site of a tall telephone tower, at the base of which propane tanks were visible.

Occupants of nearby buildings were evacuated, and officials asked residents to avoid the area.

South 11th Street was closed to traffic between Franklin and Clay avenues and blocked off a half block on either side of Mary Avenue.

Propane vapors are heavier than air and may settle in basements and crawl spaces.

No injuries have been reported.

Nearly 20 firefighters were involved in the effort.

No injuries were reported.

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