Gas Line Rupture Causes Evacuation of Uptown Charlotte Buildings


Yesterday afternoon, at about 12:45pm, a major natural gas line was ruptured in Uptown Charlotte after a backhoe tore through a four-inch wide gas line at the corner of N. College and E. Trade Street.

Minutes after the line was cut, Charlotte Fire Department crews arrived on scene to begin working on the line;

Workers in the surrounding buildings could hear the gas leaking from down below and saw it forcefully blowing through the trees. Some even said it sounded like a jet engine starting up;

One worker in the Bank of America headquarters building said it sounded like a jet engine starting up;

While the City of Charlotte did not issue any mandatory evacuations, several businesses in Uptown voluntarily evacuated their offices to be safe.

The line was finally capped and the area deemed safe at around 4pm yesterday afternoon;