Tornado Ruptures Longview Gas Line

By Bob Hallmark

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Officials are blaming a tornado for rupturing a gas line on the east side of Longview.

Moments after the storm hit, crews rushed to the gas leak at Industrial Boulevard and Cotton Street.

Officials say the tornado touched down near the lines and caused two breaks. Crews had to work fast to turn the line off, and avoid any danger to the public.

"The tornado came through the eastern part of Longview around Industrial Boulevard and East Highway 80, and during that storm some trees were knocked down power lines came down and there was also a gas leak at which the fire department responded to and the gas company were able to get the gas shut off" says Longview Police Sergeant Ben Kemper.

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