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Damage to underground pipe causes 'large' gas leak in SW Houston

Police and fire asked residents to avoid the area at Sandpiper Drive at West Bellfort.

HOUSTON — A CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman said a 4-inch steel main was struck Thursday afternoon, causing what Houston police described as a "large" gas leak in Southwest Houston.

The CenterPoint spokeswoman said a third-party crew hit the main before 2 p.m. near the intersection of Sandpiper Drive at West Bellfort Boulevard. 

Residents were asked to avoid the area and expect delays.

By 4:15 p.m., the spokeswoman said CenterPoint Energy crews had turned off the gas and were making final repairs.

She said no customers were impacted, and no injuries or evacuations were reported in connection with the incident.

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