100 evacuated homes and businesses in 16-block area; The middle of Joplin shut down due to gas leak

Joplin News First

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shortly before 2:30 p.m. a construction crew struck a main gas line near 219 West 14th. The gas line was a large line and Joplin Fire Chief Int. Mark Cannon tells us, “We evacuated 16 square blocks. Inside the evacuation area we opened all the sewer lids in the streets.” That was done for ventilation. Now they are saying people can return to their homes.

Spire had the leak contained about 4:15 p.m., two hours after the initial event Spire. Chief Cannon also told us they had 17 personnel on the scene and three stations working on the issue this afternoon.

It was explained as a boring machine struck the gas line and a main sewer line together and gas was not coming out of the hole but appeared to be moving through the sewer system where it could leak into homes and businesses. The smell of natural gas was present in the air just driving through.

Spire has the leak stopped and they are beginning the process of clearing the evacuation area. Residents affected by the evacuation are able to return to their homes. Please be advised that several sewer access covers have been removed for ventilation. Be safe when returning to your homes and stay away from these open access points. Spire will be filtering through the neighborhoods, if you need assistance from Spire please feel free to speak with them when they are in your area.”


CLOSED (square area) 

  • North side at 12th
  • South side at 16th
  • East side at Main
  • West side at Pearl Ave

Update on the natural gas leak. Spire has the leak stopped and they are beginning the process of clearing the…

Posted by Joplin Fire Department on Thursday, October 7, 2021

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