BOUNTIFUL – What officials called a “massive” gas leak caused the closure of several West Bountiful businesses and 500 W. Tuesday morning.
The Davis County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement units converged on the scene of the leak, located at 100 N. and 500 W. behind the Pei Wei restaurant.
500 W. was closed between 500 S. and 400 N. until further notice.
Several businesses located in a strip mall on the east side of the business complex were evacuated as a precaution during the incident.
Todd Hixson of West Bountiful Police said someone was drilling at 100 N. when they hit a four-inch gas line, causing natural gas to spew everywhere.
While businesses along the east side of the shopping center were closed and evacuated, foot traffic access was allowed to businesses along the west side of the shopping center, including CostCo, Deseret Book and other adjoining shops.
Power and utilities were expected affect the businesses for several hours, so that emergency and utility crews could check for gas pockets inside the buildings.
Darren Shepherd of Questar Gas told the Clipper that crews were expected to take some time to clear the area.
By 2:00 p.m., 500 West was reopened, and employees were allowed to return to the affected businesses, but A West Bountiful press release said that those businesses would not have natural gas services for a while longer.