SALTCREEK TOWNSHIP - Emergency responders were on the scene of a natural gas leak about 2 miles northwest of Laurelville Wednesday afternoon.

A one-inch supply line to a residence at 14689 State Route 56 East was struck by a lawn mower at about 2 p.m. causing it to rupture, said David Conrad, county emergency management director.

Conrad said the pipeline was out of the ground and had weeds growing around it. He said the initial contact between the lawn mower and the pipeline could have resulted in an explosion.

“If it was going to explode, it would have been caused by the spark when the pipe was cut,” he said.

However, all sources of ignition were cleared and the pipeline was shut off, allowing the line to be sealed.

He said the EPA was notified, but since local responders had the leak under control, they did not respond to the scene.

The Tarlton-Saltcreek Fire Department was on-site as well as the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Department.

State Route 56 between Tarlton Adelphi Road and Lutz Road was closed to traffic until the scene was cleared shortly after 5 p.m.

The pipeline is owned by Coshocton-based Medina Fuel Company.

A company representative was on-site. Conrad said the pipeline runs eight miles in the area and has a three-inch distribution line.

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