A gas line break Wednesday morning caused the lockdown of Ridge View High School and blocked the entrances to two large subdivisions, authorities said. A construction crew broke the line about a football field’s length from the high school along Hardscrabble Road about 10:15 a.m., Columbia fire battalion chief Fred Brandt said.
Students from some of the classrooms in sections A and D and all the school’s portables were moved elsewhere on campus, Brandt said. He did not know how many of the school’s 2,000 students were moved nor to which portion of the school.
Nearby Rice Creek Elementary was not affected and parents may pickup their children starting after the previously planned early dismissal at 12:30 p.m., the fire official said. However, parents will have to take alternate routes to the school because Hardscrabble Road is closed in the vicinity. The alternate routes are Summit Parkway or Clemson Road, Brandt said.
Sheriffs deputies closed entrances to The Summit and Highland subdivisions as a precaution.
An SCE&G repair crew was on the scene to fix the leak, Brandt said. -Clif LeBlanc