Paradise gas leak cause determined

A Saturday morning gas leak occurred in Paradise. PG&E said it was caused by a "dig-in."

Posted: Apr 3, 2021 10:34 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2021 12:10 PM

Updated 11:03 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 - PG&E has confirmed that a gas line has been closed off in response to the reported gas leak on Circlewood Drive in Paradise.

The incident was reported to PG&E at 9:06 a.m. and a crew was sent from Chico to investigate.

What PG&E discovered was that a third-party contractor dug into a two-inch plastic gas main. The incident happened during some new construction that was occurring on Saturday morning.

PG&E clarified that the contractor was not affiliated with their company.

According to PG&E, the gas was turned off by 10:22 a.m.

A spokesperson said no one was evacuated during the incident, but the local fire department had blocked off access to the area until PG&E arrived and took over the incident response.

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Updated 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 - According to the Paradise Police Department, no evacuations were needed during the response to this incident, which is continuing at this time.

We expect to get more information on this incident shortly from CAL FIRE and PG&E.

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PARADISE, Calif. - A gas line in Paradise is leaking in the 300 block of Circlewood Drive in Paradise, said a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) spokesperson on Saturday morning.

Action News Now was told that the cause was a "dig-in."

The term means a buried gas line has been damaged by excavation.

To be informed about the location of utilities before digging it is important to call 8-1-1 and ask about any natural gas lines that may be closeby.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for more details.

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