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Gas leak prompts business evacuations in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Franklin police say the situation is now "under control" after a gas line ruptured Tuesday afternoon, prompting evacuations in the area of Carothers Parkway near Murfreesboro Road.

The gas leak was reported just before 2 p.m., when a mechanic at an auto repair shop was moving a vehicle and accidentally clipped a gas meter.

A one-inch gas line was damaged, and workers from area businesses were briefly evacuated as a precaution.

"We evacuated all of the buildings in the immediate vicinity of this property just to protect those who were involved and also to control any ignition sources that might be in the area," said Franklin Fire Battalion Chief Todd Horton. "Pulled the hand line just to protect the gas, waited on Atmos to arrive, which they arrived about 2:15, and they were able to shut the gas off."

Atmos Energy crews shut off the gas while working to repair the line, and the nearby businesses were allowed to resume working by about 3 p.m.

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