EAST CHICAGO | Residents of an East Chicago neighborhood were forced from their homes for about two hours Tuesday after a construction crew hit and ruptured a gas main.
Tom Stevens, spokesman for NIPSCO, said a contractor installing a water main at Emlyn Place and Tod Avenue hit a gas main around 11:30 a.m.
East Chicago officials evacuated people from about 50 homes in the immediate neighborhood as a precaution, Stevens said.
Stevens said at 1:30 p.m. the main was repaired and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
The gas did not need to be shut off to people's homes, Stevens said, so no re-lighting of pilot lights will be necessary.
Stevens said an investigation as to how and why the construction crews hit the gas main will be conducted.