• Evacuations lifted as crews repair gas leak in Brevard


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A high-pressure gas line rupture forced the evacuations of several homes in Port St. John Saturday morning.

    Brevard County fire crews responded to a reported gas leak just after 6 a.m. in the 5700 block of JD’s Place in North Cocoa.

    “The house shook and it sounded like an explosion,” said resident Eva Gilder.

    At least seven nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. Train service in the area was also stopped, according to Brevard County Fire-Rescue.

    Broadway Boulevard was shut down for several hours.

    Florida Gas Transmission officials shut down a section of the 36-inch transmission line as they worked on the repairs.

    The cause of the leak is still being investigated, but crews have completed the repairs.

    The evacuation order was lifted around 10 a.m. and residents were allowed back to their homes.

    Officials said the ruptured line provides gas to a nearby power plant and businesses.

    “There were no issues. We had backup supplies going other directions to take care of all the customers,” said Jim Huff, the operations manager for Florida Gas Transmission.

    No injuries have been reported.

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