San Francisco: Evacuation Lifted After California Gas Pipeline Scare

Emergency crews extinguished a fire burning dangerously close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline Thursday and lifted an evacuation order that had forced some 4,000 residents from their homes the night before.

Contra Costa County deputy fire chief Lewis Broschard told reporters that all evacuation orders were lifted as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, about 15 hours after some 1,400 homes were evacuated near the city of Bay Point.

Broschard said officials decided quickly to issue evacuations “so we could get people out of harms way if there were to be a big explosion.”

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Source: The New York Times