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Thursday 25 December 2014

Vandalism blamed for Ormeau gas leak

Tthe Ormeau Road Ormeau Bridge in Belfast  was closed following a fire under the road which caused a gas pipe to explode.
Tthe Ormeau Road Ormeau Bridge in Belfast was closed following a fire under the road which caused a gas pipe to explode.
A major gas leak in south Belfast caused hundreds of people to be be evacuated
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Both city-bound lanes of the Ormeau Road Ormeau Bridge in Belfast have reopened following a major gas leak. The bridge was closed following a fire under the road which caused a gas pipe to explode.
Pacemaker Press 17/11/09 Traffic delays due to a gas leak on the Ormeau Road Pic Colm Lenaghan

Vandals have been blamed for causing the serious gas leak that prompted the shutdown of Belfast’s Ormeau Bridge and the evacuation of 200 people from their homes.

Roads Service spokesman Colin Brown said a gang removed casing on a gas pipe running under the bridge — one of the main thoroughfares in the south of the city

They then lit a fire that caused the exposed pipe to melt and ignite the gas, leading to explosions at two manhole covers.

Road Service engineer John McRobert said the bridge was safe and had not been damaged.

Firefighters were called to reports of a rubbish fire near the bridge on Monday night. Fire Service commander Chris Kerr said they were lucky to escape without iinjury when the explosions took place.

Some of the evacuated residents took shelter in Shaftesbury community centre while others were told to close doors and windows and put out any naked flames. All residents were able to return to their homes early yesterday.

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