Idaho 44 reopened after Star gas leak

September 13, 2013 

— Idaho Highway 44 east of Star was closed briefly this morning after workers with Intermountain Gas struck a 12-inch pressurized gas line.

The rupture took place around 9 a.m. Crews working on a line that was no longer in service nicked a "T-connector," causing the gas leak, Intermountain Gas spokesman Mark Hanson said.

The highway in the 9000 block of West State Street was closed down as a precaution as crews assessed the leak, said Reed Hollingshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

"We were worried that it might be of a concentration that if someone flicked out a cigarette, it might cause a fire," Hollingshead said.

Hollingshead said he was told by an Intermountain Gas onsite foreman at 9:34 a.m. that the concentration of natural gas was not dense enough to cause danger for passing motorists. The highway was later reopened.

The crew was working this morning to repair the line, Hanson said.

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