Gas Leak Closes Freeway in Florida

Fort Lauderdale Fire RescueFT LAUDERDALE, FL – A stretch of Federal Highway was closed for hours Monday as hazardous materials teams from three agencies worked to cap a gas leak in Fort Lauderdale.

Crews hit a natural gas line while digging shortly after 1 p.m., allowing the gas to escape into the air, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Division Chief Bob Bacic.

Hazardous materials teams from Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Broward County spent nearly three hours maneuvering their way to the leaking line at 2520 S. Miami Road

Federal Highway from Southeast 28th Street to State Road 84 was closed in both directions while crews worked carefully not to spark a fire in what Bacic called a “delicate excavation.”

Crews reached the 4-inch gas line and capped the leak about 4 p.m. Authorities began opening lanes along Federal Highway about 30 minutes later.

A nearby business and park were empty when the line ruptured, so no evacuations were required, Bacic said. No injuries were reported.