Thousands Forced To Evacuate In Contra Costa County Because Of Potential Gas Line Explosion

By Scripps National Desk on October 18, 2018
Chevron gas station
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4,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes Wednesday night in Bay Point. Contra Costa County firefighters were called out for a grass fire in the area and extinguised it. But, they were called back about an hour later for a fire in a Chevron vault according to SF Gate. On top of that, there were reports of drooping power lines.

Because of the nature of the situation, the evacuations were made. As of this morning, 1,400 homes were still under mandatory evacuation.

“We realized very quickly there was a high probability of danger, so a decision was made,” said Terence Carey, an assistant fire chief for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Chevron crews are removing natural gas from the lines, then injecting nitrogen to reduce the risk of explosion.

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