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Backhoe punctures gas line, residents evacuate

YAKIMA, Wash. - A block in downtown Yakima evacuates after a backhoe punctures a gas line.  

It happened just after 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Yakima Fire Department set up a one-block perimeter around the gas leak from 2nd to 3rd Avenue and from Maple to Pine Street, said David Willson, battalion chief with the Yakima Fire Department.

A backhoe was working in an alley when it hit a gas line and firefighters evacuated several residents for safety reasons, Willson said.

"With the wind blowing a lot of the danger is gone," Willson said. "If it's dangerous to people and we're afraid of gas collecting, we'll go in a plug the leak ourselves just to mitigate the circumstance right away, but with the wind blowing, it's fairly safe."