• Second natural gas leak occurs near Marietta High


    Marietta Daily Journal

    The fire department and Atlanta Gas Light crews responded to two natural gas leaks Monday, which makes three such leaks in Marietta since Friday.

    Monday’s first leak was at about 10:30 a.m. on Whitlock Avenue at the same intersection as a leak Friday. But it was not the same pipe that ruptured, said Kelly Caldwell, Marietta’s assistant fire chief.

    Friday’s leak was on the south side of Whitlock Avenue and Monday’s was on the north side, he said.

    Construction crews working in the area hit the lines with their equipment, according to a statement from the fire department.

    The fire department was able to contain the gas leak Monday in a hour as compared to Friday, which took five hours, because Monday’s leak was more easily accessible.

    “We couldn’t go down safely to close the gap Friday because it was 18 feet deep,” Caldwell said. “Monday was only 3 feet deep.”

    A few hours after the second leak on Whitlock Avenue, the two groups responded at about 2 p.m. to a leak at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Street, which produced some of the same issues they dealt with Friday.

    “Contractors replacing sewer lines sometimes strike toe lines that are incorrectly marked,” Caldwell said.

    Caldwell said the community was never in any harm, and heavy winds Monday helped to dissipate the leaking gas, which is toxic and can cause sickness or even be fatal if enough is inhaled.

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