Park West Blvd. reopens after crews secure gas leak

VIDEO: Crews secure gas leak at Park West Blvd.

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A gas leak that shut down a portion of Park West Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and prompted warnings of delays for three schools in the area has been secured, police say.

Dominion Energy spokesman Paul Fischer said crews secured the gas leak at approximately 2:30 p.m. The damage to a natural gas line was caused by a third-party excavator doing work in the area, he said.

As of 2:45 p.m., all of Park West Boulevard had reopened, according to Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe.

The Charleston County School District earlier warned parents to expect delays when picking up their children from schools affected by a gas leak in Mount Pleasant.

The three schools, Laurel Hill Primary, Charles Pinckney Elementary and Thomas C. Cario Middle Schools, were dismissing at their regular times, but under a “controlled dismissal,” district officials posted on social media.

While work to secure the leak continued the entrance, Cario Boulevard was temporarily converted to a two-way street to allow parents to enter and exit from the same area of the roadway from Park West Boulevard.

Portions of the roadway had been closed shortly before 1:30 p.m.

The schools were on Code Yellow lockdown because of the gas leak, according to an alert sent to parents by the Charleston County School District. Students were safe, the alert stated.

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