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Several homes evacuated after gas leak near La Porte City

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LA PORTE CITY (KWWL) -

Police reported a gas leak on Comanche Trail near La Porte City.

Seven homes were evacuated because of the leak. Officers say the gas leak happened when a 24-inch natural gas line blew. 

Neighbor Juanita Rowell said this area has seen gas leaks before, however, this gas leak sounded different. 

"Well this morning, I'd say between 7:15 and 7:30, I heard this loud noise. And I knew exactly what it was, I thought, 'the farm tap has blown," she said. 

Rowell also said gas leaks here usually happen in the winter so its strange this gas line blew this time of year.

Neighbors were not allowed back into their homes for an hour and fifteen minutes while Black Hills Energy came out to inspect the scene and make sure everyone was safe.

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