WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Fire Department worked with utility companies in locating what they thought was a gas main break in the area of East 2nd Street and I-135 Tuesday morning.
Evergy workers placed a detector over an open manhole cover and detected gas. The gas detected was sewer gas, not natural gas.
East Second Street has since reopened.
Kansas Gas Service released the following statement during the investigation:
We are working in cooperation with the Wichita Fire Department, the City of Wichita and Black Hills Energy to determine the source of gas detected in the sewer. At this time it’s an active investigation being led by the Wichita Fire Department. We ask that the public please avoid the area if possible so crews can safely work. We would also like to remind everyone that if you smell gas, leave the area immediately, then call 911 and Kansas Gas Service at 800-482-4950.Christy Penders
PR Manager, Kansas Gas Service