Propane leak forces evacuations in Tequesta

TEQUESTA, Fla. - 1,000-2,000 people are believed to have been evacuated from the area. It could take up to four hours before they can return to their homes. 

At about 10:30pm , official used flares to burn off the remaining propane in the tank to move the process along more quickly. 

A gas leak has prompted an evacuation in northern Palm Beach County, Peter Allen of Tequesta Fire Rescue said.

He said a 30,000 gallon LP tank is leaking near railroad tracks at 950 Old Dixie Highway in Tequesta.

First responders are using foam to try and contain the leak.

Old Dixie in the area has been closed, drivers are urged to avoid the area.

Fire rescue has asked the Florida East Coast Railway to stop any trains until the situation is resolved.

Law enforcement officials are evacuating people within one mile of the tank as a precaution, but that evacuation zone might be expanded.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is assisting Tequesta Fire Rescue.

Experts are monitoring the air until the leak is capped.


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