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Gas rupture forces 130 to temporarily evacuate homes in Lycoming County


UNITYVILLE, Pennsylvania — More than 100 people were temporarily evacuated from their homes in Jordan Township near the Lycoming/Columbia County line following reports of a natural gas explosion.

Columbia County emergency management officials tell WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/1Mn0Qx4 ) that a gas rupture and leak occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. There also was a fire.

About 130 people went to shelters set up at two fire stations. They were allowed to return home shortly before midnight.

Unityville resident Craig Seely says it sounded like "500 freight trains running down the track at the same time" and that his house began shaking.

Officials say the gas was shut off quickly and there were no injuries.

Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

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