A neighborhood in the northwest part of town was evacuated just before noon on Tuesday.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says a backhoe hit a natural gas line near Anasazi Drive & N. Hualapai Way. The gas line broke, causing it to leak and catch fire.
Fire crews had to allow the fire to burn out until the gas was shut off, so roads in the area remained closed for hours.
F14H 10601 Redwood Grove Ave backhoe hit Nat gas line now on fire, no houses involved, situation under control, streets closed in area. PIO1— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) July 26, 2016
UPDATE: Gas leak situation under control, SW Gas on scene, will let it burn until gas is shut off, NO bldgs on fire, no inj's PIO1— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) July 26, 2016
The entire ordeal created terrifying moments for residents in the area because many said they felt their houses shake, while others described the sound before the fire as a loud boom.
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