Restaurant Explodes After Gas Line Struck

Ohio contractor using directional drill hits gas line, everyone able to evacuate before pizza restaurant explodes

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A gas leak and explosion destroyed a Domino’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and damaged nearby homes and businesses Wednesday afternoon after the gas line was struck.

Officials on the scene say Columbus-based Team Fishel was doing underground boring with a horizontal directional drill in the parking lot area near the Domino’s Pizza.

“While performing work earlier this afternoon, a Team Fishel crew struck a gas line,” the company said in a statement released Wednesday night. “The incident resulted in an explosion which impacted a number of local businesses and residents in the area. Our teammates responded appropriately and aided in a swift evacuation of the area.”

Workers at the Domino’s and a nearby clinic fled the two buildings after smelling gas. The restaurant then exploded and a fire broke out.

At least one person was injured while he was running away from the scene and tripped.

“We are thankful that there were no serious injuries reported,” Team Fishel’s statement read. “Our focus right now is on the safety of everyone impacted by this unfortunate incident. Team Fishel is on site working in collaboration with authorities to determine the cause of the incident.”

Columbus fire chief Steve Martin said the gas was shut off just after 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) — about an hour and a half after the incident.


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