Families Return as Gas Leak is Sealed

A gas leak in southern Smith County has been contained. Now East Texas families are back at home after a forced evacuation.

It happened on FM 345 east of Arp. A well, owned by Southwestern Energy, blew out Monday afternoon, releasing highly explosive natural gas. DPA evacuated a half mile radius, including closing down FM 345, and moving 19 families.

The well was sealed by noon Tuesday. Southwestern Energy is now trying to determine what caused the blow out in the first place.