WJTV News Channel 12 - Gas leak in Apex capped

Apex gas leak caused when pipe ruptured

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Dixie Pipeline plant on Monday, Dec. 9 Dixie Pipeline plant on Monday, Dec. 9
APEX, N.C. -

A gas leak at Dixie Pipeline near Highway 55 and U.S. 1 in Apex has been capped, after a pipe ruptured Monday morning and jammed up traffic in the area.

Dixie Pipeline said the leak was reported by a worker at the truck loading/storage terminal in Apex around 10:20 a.m. The tubing was a dehydration line that removes moisture from propane before being pumped into trucks.

Dixie officials said the pipe was 3/4ths of an inch. Earlier reports put the pipe at 2 inches.

The company did not know how much gas leaked out but said it was a "small" amount.

The Apex Police said businesses along Highway 55 from U.S. 1 to Technology Drive were evacuated or sheltered in place, and roads in the area were closed. Dixie Pipeline said about 10 businesses were impacted. The businesses reopened when firefighters went through the buildings and did not detect gas.

There were no injuries.

The Apex fire department does drills twice a year with the Dixie plant to prepare for situations like the one today. 


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