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Lamar Residents Evacuate Homes After Natural Gas Leak

Families have been allowed to return after the gas was turned off.
LAMAR, MO---Around 11 PM Monday, crews were able to turn off the natural gas leak allowing authorities to give the all clear to allow residents back into their homes.  It's unknown at this time what caused the leak, but officials do know it came from an above ground pipe located in a natural gas substation.  This all started around 9:30 this evening on 11th Road just west of KK Highway.  Authorities say they could hear the pipe break and that's when they started receiving calls from residents about the leak.  The burst caused a plume of natural about a quarter to half a mile wide to be visible.  Once authorities arrived in the area, they blocked off about a quarter of a mile around the scene to keep traffic from entering.  They then went door-to-door alerting residents about the leak and telling them if they needed to they could go to Memorial Hall.  Less than 100 residents were directly affected by the natural gas, but residents could smell the odor throughout town.  Lamar Fire, Lamar Police, the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are all assisting in the case.
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