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Hardscrabble Road reopens after gas leak, repairs still being made

Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place after gas line accidentally cut

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hardscrabble Road in northeast Richland County has reopened after a gas line leak blocked traffic along a stretch of the road for several hours.

Columbia Fire said Tuesday morning a natural gas line had been cut on Hardscrabble Road, temporarily closing a portion of the road between Clemson and North Brickyard Roads in northeast Richland County.

As of 12:45 p.m., Columbia Fire reported all emergency response teams have left the scene as the gas has been contained. The roadway is now open for traffic.

Dominion Energy crews have secured the leak and are finishing final repairs.

Earlier, residents in the area had been asked to shelter in place. Columbia Fire reports no evacuations are necessary and no nearby schools have been affected by the incident.

"At approximately 8 a.m., Dominion Energy crews responded to Hard Scrabble Road and Mann Road, where a third-party contractor performing excavation work in the area damaged one of our natural gas lines," Dominion said in a statement. "Safety is our highest priority. Crews are on-site and will remain until all repairs are complete."

Construction crews accidentally cut the line. No injuries have been reported.

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