Oldham County residents nervous after gas line explosion - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Oldham County residents nervous after gas line explosion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- About 2,400 homes are still without natural gas service after a gas line explosion Wednesday afternoon in Oldham County.

One lane of U.S. 42 was still shut down Thursday between Ridgemoor Drive and Hillcross Parkway while LG&E crews continued working on the line.

It all started around 5 p.m. Sept. 18. According to North Oldham County Fire spokesperson Rick Albers, subcontractors for LG&E were digging near a 12-inch distribution gas main when the gas main exploded. He says there was no fire, but the gas "released explosively" and scattered debris across U.S. 42.

The gas leak has been capped but about 2,400 customers are still without gas service as LG&E tries to determine exactly what happened.

LG&E crews are going door-to-door to check gas meters and relight pilot lights.

One resident we talked to admits she's still a little nervous.

"It might blow up," said Ebbie Richardson. "I don't feel extremely safe with the gas lines being cut. And I have a handicapped child, and I'm partially handicapped myself, so you know, getting out of the house would have been a great ordeal."

Richardson says the only inconvenience for her so far has been going without hot water, and she is grateful it wasn't much worse.

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