A natural gas line rupture closed Garners Ferry Road for between two and three hours Wednesday morning.
Firefighters in full hazmat suits responded to 8100 block of Garners Ferry Road after dispatch received a 911 call at about 9 a.m., according to Capt. Brick Lewis, spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department. The area is near Old Garners Ferry Road and Pinewood Lake.
Responders evacuated one building nearby and shut down all lanes of traffic on the road as a precaution.
SCE&G crews worked with firefighters to mitigate the leak, Lewis said.
The rupture happened due to a project widening the road in that area, said Ginny Jones, spokeswoman for SCE&G.
That roadwork was a South Carolina Department of Transportation project, said David Rogers, assistant road construction engineer with SCDOT. A contractor working for the department struck the pipeline.
Usually, before such a project, a third-party service – working for the utility company – marks any utilities that could be a risk. But in this case, the gas line was never marked, said Paul Miller, SCDOT’s resident construction engineer over the project.
“These were never located, so we didn’t know they existed,” Miller said.