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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ARLINGTON, GA (WALB) - A gas leak led to evacuations in downtown Arlington Wednesday afternoon.

A leaking valve on an underground propane tank at the First Baptist Church prompted emergency officials to evacuate about 50 people from their homes and businesses around one p.m.

The minister at the church accidentally broke off the propane valve while mowing grass.

Emergency workers evacuated homes and businesses in a four block radius and traffic on Georgia Highways 45 and 62 was diverted around the city.

Fire and police departments from around Calhoun and Early Counties responded and a truck from an Albany propane company was called in to siphon off the gas.

"Everyone was cooperating when I advised them it was a propane leak. They evacuated with no problem," said Chief Casey Taylor of the Arlington Police Department.

By 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, traffic was again flowing through the city and people were allowed to return to both homes and businesses. But if you were in the evacuated area and have concerns or if you still smell gas, you can call the Arlington Police Department at 229-725-4211.

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