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WORKERS SENT HOME AFTER GAS LEAK IS FOUND

Workers from 23 West Valley companies went home early Wednesday when a natural gas leak was discovered during a routine pipe inspection.

Mountain Fuel employees detected the gas leak in a pipe running under 2700 West about 2 p.m. and started evacuating nearby businesses, said Darren Shepherd, a public relations specialist at Mountain Fuel."The danger of an explosion was practically none, but we thought it best to evacuate the area as a precautionary measure," Shepherd said.

The West Valley City Fire Department also closed 2700 West to traffic between 2100 South and 2700 South for three hours until the leak was located.

Shepherd said the small cut in the plastic gas line was easy to repair but difficult to find. He said it was probably caused by previous digging that may have dented the plastic pipe.