Ruptured gas line causes problems in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A ruptured gas line in northwest Norman led to the lockdown of a nearby elementary school inside and evacuation of about eight homes.

No injuries are reported.

Firefighters and Oklahoma Natural Gas crews were called to the scene less than two miles west of Max Westheimer Airport shortly before 10 Thursday morning.

Students at Roosevelt Elementary School less than one-half mile east of the leak were kept inside and children in portable classrooms were taken to the main building.

Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey says the line was ruptured by a bulldozer being used to clear land for a new housing development.

ONG spokesman Don Sherry says the line was shut down for repairs and gas rerouted to customers in Norman and Oklahoma City.

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