By Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A tank that was leaking jet fuel prompted the evacuation of 70 homes in a Chesapeake neighborhood.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott Saunders tells the Virginian-Pilot ( firefighters were called to pipeline company Kinder Morgan’s Chesapeake operation Friday morning on a report that a tank that holds more than 1 million gallons of jet fuel was leaking.

Police helped evacuate residents from their homes in a nearby neighborhood. Residents who didn’t have anywhere to go were taken to the South Norfolk Community Center.

Saunders says the leak was stopped around 9 a.m. A berm surrounding the tank caught any leaking fuel. He says investigators don’t yet know how much fuel leaked.

The evacuation was lifted at 11:45 a.m. and residents are allowed to return to their homes.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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