(UPDATED) Gas Leak Evacuates Parts of Lawrence County

Jonesboro - A major gas leak near Egypt, in southeast Lawrence County near the intersection of highways 349 and 228 has forced the evacuation of residents within a one mile radius.

Authorities are now allowing residents back in their homes outside that one mile radius.  As a precaution, residents within a wide area had been evacuated.

The evacuation shelters are being closed.  Residents need to go to the Egypt City Hall so emergency crews can check your home for dangerous levels of gas.

We do not have any reports of any injuries from the leak.  Highways 349 and 230 in the area remain closed along with highway 91 from the scene to the river.

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