Aiken, SC (WJBF) – An all-clear was given at 7:35 p.m. Thursday evening by the City of Aiken after a gas leak caused widespread evacuations near a busy shopping center and integral Aiken intersection.

Roadways and businesses in the area of Whiskey Road and Colony Parkway have been allowed to reopen and residents are now able to return to their homes.

Around 6 p.m., according to the City of Aiken, Dominion Energy was able to stop the flow of gas by pinching one end of the line and allowing for repairs to begin.

Traffic in the area was first shut down at 5:05 p.m. at the intersection of Whiskey Road and Colony Parkway, with the perimeter expanding within the next 40 minutes to a much wider radius, extending to the entire roadway between Price Avenue to Boardman Road.

The evacuation lasted for approximately two-and-a-half hours after a utility crew ruptured a gas line.


UPDATE: 5:51 PM: According to authorities, utility work is the reason behind the break in the line.

Officials say the ruptured gas line belongs to Dominion Energy.

According to the City of Aiken, the anticipated repair time is two to three hours.

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(AIKEN, South Carolina) – According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the Fresh Market Shopping Center at 1400 Whiskey Road in Aiken, South Carolina is being evacuated due to a ruptured natural gas line.

Authorities say the entire section of Whiskey Road from Price Avenue to Boardman Road is currently shut down as utility workers attempt to get the gas leak under control.

While traffic is allowed to leave the area, no traffic is being allowed into the area, at this time.

The entire length of Colony Parkway remains shut down, as well.

Authorities advise everyone to please avoid the area.