Walmart Supercenter evacuated after payloader strikes gas line

WWNY Walmart Supercenter evacuated after payloader strikes gas line

TOWN WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in the town of Watertown was evacuated during much of the afternoon Tuesday due to a break in a natural gas line.

According to fire officials, a payloader struck a gas line outside the building at around 1 p.m.

The store was forced to evacuate more than 100 customers and employees.

National Grid workers were called to the scene to turn off the gas.

Fire officials said the main valve to the gas line was so severely damaged that a crew from Syracuse was brought in to help with repairs.

At around 2:30 p.m., employees were being allowed back into the store.

The store planned to reopen to customers shortly before 6 p.m.

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