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Bedford County School Evacuated After Gas leak

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SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – A Bedford County school and several residences were evacuated after a rupture in a natural gas line along Highway 231.

The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday near the South Side Primary School on Cannon Boulevard in Shelbyville. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing dirt fly in the air.

Chief Austin Swing with the Shelbyville Police Department said a cap blew off the major gas line along Cannon Boulevard/Highway 231 South. The road was closed for a short time while crews worked to contain the leak.

The Bedford County School director was on the scene and said the leak happened two blocks south of the school. Students and teachers were told to evacuate to a nearby church. Officials said the transition from the school to the church was very smooth.

About 400 students were in the school at the time. No one reported any illnesses or injuries.

Crews from both the Shelbyville Fire Department, Shelbyville Police Department and Bedford County EMS responded to the scene.

The gas line was fixed by 1:20 p.m. and students were allowed back in the school. The road was also reopened. 

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