Lawrence Central High School students experienced a class delay at 8 a.m. May 23 after an excavator cut a gas line.
“A (4-inch) gas line was cut by an excavator. No students were affected as we (Lawrence Fire Dept.) were able to isolate the students in the west side of the building,” said Brian Cox, a battalion chief with the Lawrence Fire Dept., in an email statement. “The line was at the east entrance (of the school). Citizens Energy was able to shut the gas off and are repairing the break.”
City of Lawrence police and firefighters were dispatched to LCHS, 7300 E. 56th St. because of the rupture, according to school officials.
According to a tweet from the school’s Twitter account, Citizens Energy crews turned off the gas line upon arrival, and at 9:15 a.m. students safely returned to class.
The cause of the gas main rupture was not immediately known.