The leak occurred around 2:45 p.m., according to Fire Capt. Jim Cawley. He said a backhoe from Elyria-based J.L. Reichert Paving, which was digging to do storm water drain work, hit a gas line.
Cawley said the leak was about 20 feet from the condos – located near the Elyria Public Library West River branch – and was a “major concern.” Firefighters used hoses to disperse the gas residents were allowed to return to their homes around 4:11 p.m.