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Crews finish patch on gas main at Broadway at the Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Business is back to normal after repair crews worked overnight to patch the 4-inch gas main at Broadway at the Beach that forced the evacuation of some visitors Monday afternoon.

According to Myrtle Beach Assistant Fire Chief Dan Cimini, a machine drilled through a gas line shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the WonderWorks construction site. The site, according to Cimini, is located behind Tripps restaurant.

The busted line forced emergency crews to evacuate Tripps while they searched for the break.

South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) spokesman Scott Griggs said crews worked overnight to patch the 4-inch main, and repairs were completed early Tuesday morning.

Griggs said approximately 25 businesses were without gas while repairs were being made, noting the main was shut off around 1 a.m., after the businesses closed to minimize impact.

Workers are now going around to the stores and restaurants relighting pilot lights, which should be completed by 11:30 a.m.

MBFD Battalion Chief Bruce Arnell said crews did not want to shut the line off Monday because of the large number of businesses that would be affected.

"We don't want to shut off the line because of its downstream," Arnell said. "It's a large line. It feeds a vast area, so if we were to shut it off, that means there are a lot of appliances downstream that could be affected."

SCE&G offers a free service to find gas lines if you're digging. Businesses or individuals should call 811 prior to digging for someone to locate the gas line first.

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