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Hopkins Co. EMA: Evacuations ordered lifted; gas leak secure

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Dozens in Hopkins County are back home after they were evacuated for much of the day.

Officials said Atmos Energy crews doing work on an underground storage system in the area of Highway 41 in Mortons Gap hit a pipe, spewing natural gas around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

Hopkins County EMA said the "gas leak is secured and the evacuation order has been lifted" for their residents.

20 to 25 people were evacuated on the north side of town. Officials conducted evacuations alongside Ed Bracket lane and Flat Creek road, and on north Church street in Mortons Gap. Students and staff at Hopkins County Central High School was dismissed at noon.

Fire departments and other agencies from the area responded, and shut off all gas lines in the area. 

No one was hurt, but Hopkins County EMA said it was a very serious situation.

"Any spark would've been tremendous. We hate to think about an explosion or anything, but it would've been disastrous," said Frank Wright with the EMA.

Crews worked to cap the leak and the EMA said those crews had the situation under control late Tuesday afternoon. 

Train traffic was stopped earlier in the day, but has since resumed.

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