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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Drill Breaks Major Natural Gas Line on Capitol Hill

Posted by on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

  • Mike Gore
  • BLOCKED STREETS Passed gas.
By the time you read this, The Stranger offices may have already been vaporized.

A drill digging part of the First Hill streetcar line has stuck a natural gas line, releasing gas and its distinct aroma to waft across the Pike/Pine neighborhood. Police have cordoned off the radial blocks around Broadway and East Pike Street, where the rupture occurred.

"Our concern is that we don't want a spark to ignite the gas," Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore tells news intern Joseph Staten. However, he adds, "the chance of that occurring is not great."

So, to be clear, there is a "not great" chance The Stranger office is about to be detonated.

Intrepid news intern Mike Gore is at the scene, inside the QFC. When he tried to leave the store, fire fighters said nobody could use the main entrance, and they set up a "barricade of shopping carts," he says. "Police are asking people to leave the area right now." From his vantage, Mike says it looks like the drill is still in the ground.

Also, he is leaving the area.

UPDATE at 1:25 PM: We're not dead yet! But it still reeks of natural gas . Puget Sound Energy personnel have arrived, and these signs are around the perimeter:

  • DH


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Light a match!!!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Baconcat 2
Visit Capitol Hill: It's a Gas!
Posted by Baconcat on August 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Oh Baconcat... :)
Posted by Rocky Mountain Ben on August 2, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 4
McKenna's plan is in action!
Posted by Cracker Jack on August 2, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Posted by tshicks on August 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
NaFun 6
Cuz if they start that drill back up to pull it out, and hit a stick of rebar...
Posted by NaFun on August 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Renée Krulich (Nay) 7
"By the time you read this, The Stranger offices may have already been vaporized."
THANKS DOMINIC. If my Mom sees that she's going to freak out.
Posted by Renée Krulich (Nay) on August 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
I'm guessing this means that Marination Station is out of the question for lunch today. Damn. First the Blue Angels, now this, and soon the Blue Angels again. This Thursday sucks.
Posted by aaronbrethorst on August 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
evilvolus 9
We've seen enough photos of the hygene practiced by The Stranger staff to know that the chance of a methane explosion is never less than "not great."
Posted by evilvolus on August 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
venomlash 10
You mean it reeks of mercaptan, not natural gas.
Posted by venomlash on August 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
Kinison 11
its almost funny how the stranger help scare monger people into voting against the viaduct tunnel, fear this tunnel would collapse and kill people ... and then something like this occurs when building a light rail line.
Posted by Kinison on August 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 12
@11 - Wrong. Hint, it's not a light rail line but I see your biases showing!
Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 3, 2012 at 2:57 AM · Report this
Kinison 13

Its a train on tracks, you know Albert Einstein was wrong on quantum theory, but it doesn't mean he was wrong on everything.
Posted by Kinison on August 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this

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