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Gas Leak Downtown Prompts Evacuation


St. Louis – Things are back to normal in the area around Busch Stadium after a brief scare caused by a ruptured natural gas line.

A contractor on a backhoe working at the site of the new downtown baseball stadium struck the four-inch line at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Concern about the potential volatility of the natural gas prompted the closure of streets around the ballpark and the evacuation of nearby buildings, including a St. Louis Community College facility, a TUMS plant and parking garages.

No one was hurt, and people were allowed back inside their buildings about a half-hour later.

Ground was broken Saturday for the new stadium, which is being built directly south of Busch Stadium.