Several blocks closed after gas line ruptures in downtown Puyallup

Several blocks closed after gas line ruptures in downtown Puyallup
(Puyallup PD)

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Construction crews hit a natural gas line in downtown Puyallup early Tuesday, closing several city blocks.

Central Pierce Fire said the line was ruptured around 2 am.

Officials closed about a block in every direction near the intersection of Pioneer and Meridian. People who live in the area are sheltering in place, though it’s not a heavily populated area.

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Puget Sound Energy turned off the gas and power to the area.

At 7 a.m., Puyallup police said, “this is expected to be a lengthy emergency response for the gas leak.”

As of 8:20 a.m., Central Pierce Fire said they expected the closure to last 4 to 6 more hours.

Officers are reminding people to stay out of the area while crews are working.

Puyallup Police tweeted around 3:45 p.m. that people were allowed to return to the area.