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Gas leak forces hotel in Lehigh County to evacuate

Published On: Aug 19 2014 09:32:24 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 02:26:40 PM EDT

Hotel evacuated after gas leak


Guests at a hotel in Lehigh County had to scramble to evacuate after a gas line was struck Tuesday morning.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. at the Knights Inn and Suites, 1880 Steelstone Rd., in Hanover Township, county officials said.

The hotel was evacuated as crews worked to locate the gas leak.


According to UGI officials, the gas company received a 911 call that a third party contractor excavating on a new construction build site struck a UGI gas main line.

UGI's first responder arrived on the scene at 9:14 and immediately shut off the flow of gas.

Gas was not found in any nearby buildings, officials said, and guests were allowed to re-enter the hotel less than an hour later.

No injuries were reported.