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Roughly 2,400 LG&E customers without service after Oldham County gas explosion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Traffic was backing up on U.S. 42 at Ridgemoor Drive during rush hour on Thursday. It was down to one lane – still – as LG&E continued to make repairs to the gas line that exploded Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it is expected to be as late as Sunday before full service is restored to 2,400 homes and businesses.

An LG&E subcontractor was working to upgrade the gasline Wednesday when it blew at a connection point.

"It's not a connection point that we normally use," said Chris Whelan, a spokesperson for LG&E. "It's very un-typical. I've been here 20 years and I don't ever remember a failure like this."

LG&E says at this point, it appears the contractor did nothing wrong to cause the break.

"When they wrapped up for the day, that particular one failed after they'd already kind of wrapped up for the day is what we understand," Whelan said. "Like I said, investigation may come out even further, but at that point, this is what it looks like."

"It makes me uncomfortable," said Ebbie Richardson, one of the nearby residents without gas service. She admits she's still a bit nervous.

"It might blow up," she said. "I don't feel extremely safe with the gas liens being cut."

Meanwhile, LG&E crews are in the neighborhood checking each home to make sure the gas can eventually be safely turned back on. It's a tedious process. Now that the gas line has been turned off to each home, the gas lines have been re-pressurized, and then each home turned back on individually.

"This is now a door-to-door process," Whelan said. "If folks aren't at home, we'll go on to the next home."

And LG&E says homeowners should not try to re-light their own pilot lights.

"We'll check the house, make sure the levels of gas – there's no problem there," Whelan said. "We just want to make sure that everybody's safe."

Meanwhile, Richardson will wash her dishes in lukewarm water and be grateful it's not worse.

"Thank heavens it's not cold and we don't need the heat," Richardson said.

Earlier in the day, there was still the slight odor of natural gas in the air, but according to WDRB's Lawrence Smith, the odor had vanished by Thursday evening.

Whelan said she does not know the conditions of the two workers hurt in the blast yesterday, but they did not have life threatening injuries.

It is not clear when U.S. 42 will fully re-open.

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